How to open the garage door in a power outage

Car owners have garages where they can park their vehicles. Often, it is a big wide shed with roller doors where all tools and various hardware are stored. Or, if they don’t own a car, it’s where they keep their gardening tools such as a lawnmower.

 

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Given the current technology, you can access most garages today through automatic garage doors. However, automatic also means being dependent on electricity. And electricity can get cut off during a storm or some other similar calamity.

 

What happens when disaster strikes, the power is out, and you need to get things out of the garage? Like needing the car to evacuate, or taking out the chainsaw to cut off fallen trees?

 

Opening garage doors from the inside

 

It’s easy to forget how to get the doors to roll open manually since it’s rarely done beforehand. It’s even harder to remember things in a state of panic during an emergency when everything is dark.

 

If this happens, you just need to stay calm. All Melbourne roller garage doors have an emergency feature for manually opening the door. It’s usually a cord you just need to pull. The cord, usually red-coloured red or tipped with a red tag, connects to a release lever. This disengages the machinery that automates the garage doors.

 

All that’s left to do is to lift up the door. It should stay open until it gets pulled down again to close the garage. Be careful as it can be very heavy. Get another person to help lift the door.

 

A thing to note is that might be able to trip the release cord from the outside with some wire hangers. Sounds convenient, but it’s actually a vulnerability as thieves can enter this way. Prevent this by shortening the cord to the release lever. You can use zip ties to do this. Others recommend getting rid of the cord altogether, leaving just the release lever for emergency access.

 

Manually opening the garage from the outside

 

Given that most of the tools are inside the garage, it makes sense to try and get into the garage. Getting in would be a bit trickier than getting out though. Otherwise, burglars would have a far easier time stealing cars.

 

Most garage doors have an Emergency Release Kit built into them. A few need to have the Emergency Release installed. In any case, locate the Emergency Release and use the key. This will disengage the system that operates its automatic systems. The garage roller doors can then be lifted up to open.

 

Bear in mind that after the power comes back, the garage doors need to be reset so they can be used again. Just turn the keys again on the Emergency Release Kit. If opened inside, then just pull the release cord the second time. The rolling doors would then be usable like normal.

 

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