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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Caught in the Dark

It doesn’t take much of a storm nowadays for you to lose power. No matter where you live and what types of weather you experience you will at sometime experience a power failure if you’re on the grid. It can actually happen even when you’re “off the grid”. It is in these cases you will need some backup source of light.
Murphy’s Law seems to dictate that a power failure always occurs at night. Why does this happen? Your guess would be as good as mine but it would seem to be more of a result of an infrastructure system that is starting to crumble and fall apart. Lack of maintenance as a result of inadequate funding seems to be a common problem everywhere.
Given the fact that the average person has extremely poor night vision; you will need an alternate source of light. I don’t have a set of night vision goggles but do keep several different kinds of emergency light sources handy and ready to go.

At a minimum, you will need at least some form of lantern for a room light. This will give you some freedom of movement without rearranging the furniture with your knees. Something I think we have all done at one time or another! It can be any type you are familiar with or have available…candle, crank, kerosene, or propane powered. The main point is to have something available.

The next item you should have is some form of portable work light that will allow you to work in an area that is dark in order to make needed repairs if necessary. It is probably a good idea to have one in your vehicle as well. It will make changing a tire or engine drive belt a lot easier if you can see what you are doing.

A couple of hand-held lights are also a good item to have handy. It will allow you direct light more easily where it is needed and can usually be easily carried on a belt clip or your pocket or purse.

The good thing is that you don’t have to spend a lot to in order to have some form of light. Close-out specials and bargain sales are a good way to find specials that won’t force you to break your “piggy bank”.

You don’t want to get caught in the dark when something goes wrong!

Staying above the water line!


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