SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Governor Brown signed a bill Friday requiring automatic garage door openers to have a backup battery designed to operate during electrical outages.
The bill was inspired by the wildfires in Wine County last year that destroyed many homes. During the wildfires, California Senator Bill Dodd could not open his wooden garage door because the power was already out in his Napa neighborhood.READ MORE: Ring Videos Show Creepy Encounters By Man At Home of Sacramento Mother And Her Children
The remains of at least five people were found where garages once stood.
“We absolutely cannot allow something like this, that is so easily corrected, to happen again,” said Senator Dodd, D-Napa. “My bill requiring garage doors to have backup batteries will ensure no one is left vulnerable in the event of a future power failure during such a calamity.”READ MORE: 'I Thank God': More California Churches To Offer Vaccines In Effort To Reach Underserved Communities
Most garages come equipped with overrides, including a string to pull allowing you to manually open the garage door, or a special key.
The newly signed bill applies to automatic garage door openers manufactured for sale, sold, or installed in California. The law also prohibits replacement garage door openers from being installed without backup batteries, regardless of the date of manufacture of the opener.MORE NEWS: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
Starting on July 1, 2019, violators can be fined up to $1,000 per opener installed, manufactured, sold, or offered for sale which is not in compliance with the law.