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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Heating & Lighting in an Emergency Situation

By Eric Holm

What will you do if you loss your lighting and heating in your home or are traveling in your car. From your house's heating going out on cold winter's night to your car breaking down in winter and leaving you stranded for hours, the need to create heat to ward off frostbite and hypothermia is of paramount importance.

If your home heating goes out and is not likely to be repaired within a few hours, you will want to take into consideration not only the ambient temperature but the age and health of your family members. One of the most efficient ways of heating in an emergency situation is through the use of solar blankets and/or solar sleeping bags. Solar blankets are aluminized and are handy in many situations. Not only can a solar blanket keep you warm in a pinch, but if you are stranded in your car on a hot day you can use the solar blanket to deflect the sun and keep your car cooler by putting it in the windows that the sun is directly hitting. A good solar blanket will retain about 90% of your bodies heat. You will be amazed at the heat when you wrap yourself up in a silver solar blanket and feel the warmth.

Also available for your heating in an emergency situation needs is a portable water heater. Portable water heaters connect to your garden hose and heat the water in a matter of seconds using propane. This can be useful for many reasons, but think of the hot cocoa producing capabilities on a cold night without heat. The pump runs on a rechargeable battery, so make sure you have the ability to recharge.

Further products available for your heating in an emergency situation needs include hand warmers. These handy little gadgets work much like the ice packs you find in first aid kits only they provide heat. If your lighting is also compromised at the same time as your heat, you will want to make sure you have several high powered flashlights and lanterns on hand. Candles need to used with great care and with proper ventilation. Instead, stock up on battery powered lighting for your emergency lighting needs. Think about your Emergency Lighting and Heating needs before you need them.

Emergency and Disaster Supplies has a nice selection of emergency lighting and heating products. Our sister store Great Outdoor Product Store has additional lighting and heating products.

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