Don’t Neglect Your Garage during a Power Outage11/14/2013 Back To Blog
It’s a fact that over 90% of households in the United States experience a power outage at least once a year. It’s important to be prepared for such an eventuality, but don’t let your preparations overlook an important aspect of your home: your garage. Not only is it the primary access point for a majority of households, but it also contains the heaviest moving object in your house – the door itself.
Make sure your door works without power
You’ll need to be able to manually lift your garage door in the event of a power outage. Set your opener to the appropriate “off” settings, and then make sure you’re easily able to physically lift the door in a controlled manner. Safety and security go hand-in-hand. Since this is the primary means of accessing your house (a majority of residential homeowners use the front door less often than they do the garage), you’ll want it to be easy to use, but also secure in the event that you don’t have power.
Another option is a battery backup
Many modern openers come with a battery backup that can operate the system even if the power goes out for up to two days. Most of the top brands such as Chamberlain and Liftmaster automatically include this option in their new openers.
In addition to making sure your system is ready for a possible power outage, be sure to stock up on bottled water and nonperishable food, as well as batteries, matches, candles, etc. It’s also important to have a ready supply of first aid kits. Flashlights are essential. In fact, a ‘power outage survival bag’ is a great thing to store in your garage! That way, you’ll be doubly prepared for a power outage. Just grab the bag, and secure door.