Light is something that most of us take for granted. We are used to flipping a switch and having an entire room illuminated. In many emergency situations you would no longer have electricity in your home or building. Here's a rundown of a few of the different options:
There are several options to choose from when choosing a lighting source for emergencies. The first options are candles and light sticks. many people assume that they will use the candles they have for decorative purposes if they were to loose electricity. The standard votive candle burns for about 15-23 hours and the often times the scent of the candle can cause someone to get a headache if it's burning constantly. They also don't give off very much light. I recommend the 115-Hour ReadyCandle.
It burns odorless and smokeless-liquid paraffin and can light even the large areas as well as an average room. If you have children and don't want them to wander around exposed to an open flame, a 12-Hour
Light-Stick would be an ideal collection to your 72-Hour Kit or any other emergency supplies.
Some other good options are flashlights. There are many different ways to provide power to some of the emergency oriented flashlights out there. They have crank-powered, battery powered, AC/Adapter, solar rechargeable, and even lights you can just shake to provide power.
Crank-powered lights are ideal because, for about a minute of cranking, you can get about 12 hours of power. Many of these emergency lightscome with other features such as radios (that can also help with communicated), cell phone chargers, USB
outlets, sirens, strobe lights and some are even waterproof!
Last, there are emergency lanterns, which are the best for lighting large areas. We carry two different lantern models. The first is the Hurricane
Lantern, which runs on kerosene and allows you to control how bright you want the light. If you're looking for the most reliable, longest lasting light source available, the GE Steel-beam Krypton Lantern is battery powered, uses a krypton bulb, and is good for 8,000 hours of light!
These are all great sources of light for an emergency situation, and for everyday use. Have you looked to see which light source is best for you? I hope this blog helps you decide. When deciding on which light source to use, be sure to take into account the different emergencies and
factors, such as children, water, and any other circumstances that may apply.