Prepare Your Home and Family for Power Outages

A recent study conducted by Zoomerang found that 93 percent of homeowners reported having experienced a power outage this year alone, with some outages lasting hours or even days. Every family should prepare an emergency kit for storms and power outages and keep it in a central location. The kit should include:

  • Flashlights, extra batteries, matches and candles
  • A battery-operated weather radio
  • A fully charged cell phone battery
  • First aid supplies
  • Bottled water and nonperishable packaged or canned foods and snacks
  • Blankets, towels and pillows

Don’t Forget the Garage
Today, more than half of homeowners (55 percent) use the garage door as the primary entrance to their home, relying on an automatic garage door opener to gain access. However, during a power outage, homeowners are faced with having to manually lift the garage door, creating security, safety and convenience concerns. Make sure you have backup options when the power goes out.

  • Know how to manually open and close your garage door during a power failure. Test your ability to ensure you can physically lift your garage door, your home’s heaviest and largest moving object.
  • To avoid being blocked from entering and exiting your garage during an outage, check out a garage door opener with a battery backup system that continues to supply power to open and close your garage door for up to two days when the power has failed. These are available on selected Chamberlain and professionally installed LiftMaster garage door openers.

Retrak Door Service specializes in garage door repair, service, sales and installation of garage doors and openers. Remember, for everything garage doors call Retrak. We are your Denver, Colorado garage door experts.