Emergency Lighting
An Emergency Light Can Be A Lifesaver

Light sources are essential for any emergency preparedness plan. It is crucial to be able to see
what you are doing and where you are going in an emergency. Children and individuals with
special needs especially need
light not just to see, but also to feel safe. It is nearly impossible
to cook food adequately without a light source. Luckily, fireplaces and emergency stoves
generate light as well as heat to use when cooking. It is recommended by preparedness
experts to have several emergency light sources available.

When emergency light sources are mentioned, most people think of flashlights. Flashlights are
great because they are small, portable and easy to use. Flashlights are good for directional
light, but they are not as effective in lighting up a whole room. Innovative batteries can be
recharged many times, even by the sun. Rechargeable batteries are one way to be sure you will
have continual power for your flashlights. Be sure to purchase a battery charger for your
rechargeable batteries. We recommend having a flashlight at your bedside in case of an
emergency during the night.

Another option is a
hand crank flashlight. This type of flashlight has a lever that you crank or
pump for light.

One of the advances in preparedness is the LED (light emitting diode) bulb. These bulbs use
space-age technology that allow an incredible life span of thousands of hours and emit a bright
light. They do not have a sensitive filament to break and withstand much abuse. Many cars and
homes are now switching to this new type of light. LED flashlights are highly recommended for
any preparedness plan because of their longevity and reliability. A favorite type of LED for an
emergency are headlamps. Their lights leave your hands free and are very light weight.

Another source of light is old-fashioned decorative kerosene or lamp oil lanterns. Not only are
they great for emergencies, but they are also classic decorations. In the category of liquid fuel
lamps, kerosene and lamp oil lanterns are the safest type of lanterns for indoors, and they put
off a good amount of light. There are all kinds of different sizes, styles, and types of lanterns
you can buy.

Propane lanterns are quite common because people have them for camping. For the most part
they are not recommended for indoor use because of lethal fumes, but there are some new
propane heaters available on the market that are safe for indoor use. These propane heaters
have automatic shut-off valves and will shut down if there are low oxygen levels. Otherwise,
propane should only be used outside or indoors where there is a lot of airflow.

Candles are a very reliable light source, since all you need is a match to light them. Wax candles
are inexpensive and easy to have around the house. Scented candles are great decorations and
can provide a comforting and warm smell during an emergency. There are also liquid paraffin
candles that last longer than wax candles, and liquid paraffin is smokeless and odorless, which
is nice for indoors. The longer the wick the more light it will emit.

It is recommended to store different sources of emergency light. One source that is highly
recommended to store is a
chemical light stick. These lightweight and easy to use lights are
great to use in case of possible flammable fumes or possible gas spill. They are completely safe
in any emergency and will offer light for up to 12 hours.

When you are preparing yourself and your family for emergencies, don't forget about light
sources. Consider how much light you will need for your house. Be sure to consider the people
in your house who will need lighting. When the power does go out, you will be thankful you
took the time to prepare.