Monday, December 13, 2010

Flashlights for a Snowstorm

So as many of you know, the Midwest recently experienced a very severe snowstorm. From news sources, at least 11 people have been killed throughout the United States and more than 70 motorists have been trapped on the roads in Indiana.

Emergency kits aside (good idea to have in a car/house), lets talk about how a flashlight could help in a situation where you are stranded on the road or at home, with no electricity or heating.
Snow can be beautiful, but not when you're stuck in it.

In a snowstorm, if you're stuck in a car, you should probably stay with your vehicle. Your car is a shelter, which may not be the warmest, but it will keep you dry and away from the wind. While your car battery is still good, you have light and signaling. However, a flashlight is always a great thing to keep handy. It would make a great signaling device, since you can point it in any direction. If your car battery were to die, having a flashlight as a signaling device could mean the difference between life and death.

In the home, a flashlight would be very useful if the power were to go out, which it often does in snowstorms. The benefits are pretty self-explanatory. At night, you need light to see and there's nothing better than a good flashlight to help you in that situation. Candles just don't cut it. Also, make sure that the flashlight is in an easy-to-find location.

Having spare batteries is important, especially if your
flashlight uses more exotic batteries such as these CR123A's.
You'd be surprised how many people have decent flashlights without having spare batteries. In all situations, make sure that you have plenty of spare batteries to go with your flashlight, and also keep them in an easy to find location.

So, I know that much of this post may have been common sense, but don't let it be so simple that you disregard the information. Don't be left in the dark when an emergency comes your way. Have a flashlight with spare batteries both in your vehicle and in your home.


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