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Why the garage door opener should be part of every home’s wildfire survival plan

If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to evacuate, the last thing you want is to be held up by your garage door opener not working.

If you keep your car in the garage, your garage door opener should be included in your wildfire survival plan to ensure that if you do have to evacuate your home, you can do so quickly and with as little stress as possible.

There are two key things to keep in mind to help ensure your garage is wildfire ready.

Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance of your garage door opener allows you to be confident that your garage door is operating at peak performance, so you can get out of the garage the event of an emergency.
Research undertaken by the Chamberlain Group revealed that less than a third of people (27 per cent) conducted regular safety checks on their garage doors despite using their doors at least twice every day (74 per cent).

Chamberlain is taking the lead to ensure homeowners know more about their garage door openers and make garage door safety a priority. All it takes is a few simple checks to ensure that your garage door opener is safe and compliant.

1.    Learn all the safety features of your garage door opener
2.    Undertake regular inspections and servicing
3.    Test your opener by performing a safety reversal test:
–  Place a 40mm object under the door (like a block of wood)
–  Operate the door to come in contact with the object
–  Door should bounce back in less than a second (or less than two seconds if safety beams are installed)
–  If this does NOT occur, homeowners should contact Chamberlain

Familarise yourself with the manual release

All Chamberlain garage door openers are also equipped with a manual release cord that will allow you to manually open the door in the event of a power failure. If you need to evacuate your home while the power is out, the manual release unlocks the door’s mechanism so you can open the door.
To be prepared in the event of a power outage, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the manual release cord and how it works.

To operate the manual release cord:

– Pull the red cord down firmly once to manually release the door’s locking mechanism. The opener will make a clicking noise.
–  Walk over to the door to push it up manually. Do not try to pull the door using the manual release cord; it will snap under the load.
–  Take care when operating the manual release when the door is open, as it may fall rapidly due to weak or broken springs.
–  When power returns or it is safe to do so, re-engage the opener by pulling the red release cord down firmly.

If you have any other questions or need support, contact Chamberlain Customer Service on 0800 653 667.

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