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Be Prepared For A Blackout

April 23, 2012 by  

Be Prepared For A Blackout
Be prepared for a blackout.

During emergency situations, you may find your home and community in the dark. That can be a very frightening thing — especially for children. We have all experienced a power outage. We need alternative sources of light during blackouts.

Learn how to use sources of light such as candles, kerosene lamps, propane lanterns, etc. Practice with the family — especially the children — before a power outage occurs so that everyone knows how to use alternative light sources when needed. Become educated about the hazards of using these items and learn what to do in case of a fire. Your family must be protected from any accident that might occur from the use of fire in your home. Never go to sleep with any unvented oil, propane or kerosene lamp burning in your home, and never leave a candle burning unattended.

It is good to have several different types of alternative lighting in your home.

The following are items that are great for your emergency preparations.


Every family should have a year’s supply of individual candles. Candles that last a long time, such as 50-hour or 100-hour candles in solid or liquid form, are best. You will need candle holders or candle lanterns with a broad base and handle for the solid candles. I like to store a large supply of butane lighters as well as stick matches along with the candles. To increase the light from your candles, place them in front of a mirror or put some sort of reflective material such as aluminum foil behind them.

Kerosene Lamps

Kerosene, or paraffin, lamps can be purchased in any outdoor or sporting goods store. They are excellent sources of light and will burn about two days on one quart of fuel. Be sure to store plenty of extra wicks and wooden matches. Wicks need to be trimmed and maintained or they will put off excessive smoke and dim light. Keep a window cracked to allow ventilation in the room with a burning lamp. Be sure to purchase extra fuel for your lamp.

Propane Lanterns

These lanterns are for outdoor use only. They are an excellent source of outdoor light. They require mantles, so store a good supply of them along with wooden matches.

Solar-Powered Flashlights

I like the Solar Flashlight because of its features.

It works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. It is fully charged right out of the box. There is no need to ever purchase batteries. It works for more than 100,000 hours. It is powered by the sun and natural and artificial light. It holds a single charge for three years without being exposed to any light. It is 100 percent waterproof, and it floats. It is made of 50 percent polycarbonate and 50 percent plastic. It is unmatched in durability with a one-piece construction so there is no chance to split at the seams. It withstands a strong impact and has a lifetime warranty. Check out the Solar Flashlight at


Headlamps are extremely useful for any emergency. They can be strapped around the head, which allows the hands to be free. Headlamps should be in every vehicle and in every emergency bug out bag.

Solar-Powered Yard Lights

These are nice for outdoor lighting. They are charged by the sun during the day and can be taken inside when they are fully charged. They give off a dimmer light than candles or lanterns but will work in an emergency.

Cyalume ChemLight Light Sticks

These light sticks are the safest form of indoor lighting available. These sticks can be purchased in most sporting goods stores. They are cased in plastic and must be bent to be activated. The sticks will glow a bright green color for up to eight hours.

The information in this article came out of the book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton. Check it out along with the Solar Flashlights at

–Peggy Layton

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • FreedomFighter

    I love those solar flashlights

    I would add NIGHT VISION, best you can afford

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Robert Smith

      We had a big snow storm last fall and lost electricity for a few more hours than a week.

      I ran my CPAP for 6 days on a deep cycle marine battery with the charge it came with from Walmart. The battery was $40 and the inverter was $12. If I lost the charge I would have been able to charge the battery at work where I have a generator. I went back to an old passive humidifier rather than using the electric one.


    • WickedPickle

      Not only is mine solar but it’s a wind up (just in case the sun don’t shine).. THIS is what you should look for.. Also I have a wind-up emergency radio.. I’m prepared.

  • dan

    Nothing demoralizes a group like keeping them in the dark….even the glow of a campfire
    serves mulriple purposes and a glass door in your woodheater helps with mood lighting.
    If your’re burning batteries ,then LED’s are the way to go.

  • Maryland Freestater

    I live in a place where we tend to lose AC when either a certain telephone pole gets hit or the grid goes down with change of seasons or a heavy, wet snow. I already have a generator in case of longterm blackouts but as the cost of gas goes thru the roof, one day this will no longer be an option. In addition, I will have outdoor lighting that will be self-contained for the most part.

    I’m slowly converting my outdoor lighting to photovoltaic (solar electric) power. In addition to the above-mentioned lighting backup, go visit someplace like Harbor Freight and get some solar battery rechargers, a solar laptop power supply panel, and a 45W. solar-charger kit, a deep-cycle sealed-cell automotive or marine battery, and a 500W inverter (500W minimum).

    With a setup like this, you have basic backup AC power for a load that the inverter can handle. Plus, one can add on more battery storage, solar panels as time/budget/ need allows. My next project is to purchase a ‘free’ energy magnetic generator kit: ‘free-energy’ is a misnomer since this device works on basic magnetic principles and could be used to charge up a battery array.

    I’ve learned a lot by watching Youtube videos on this subject. However, one has to filter thru a LOT of crap while doing so. And one may also become enraged at watching some videos – the ‘gummint’ and ‘bigg energie’ have apparently suppressed a LOT of info and technology about alternative energy devices and technologies, H2O powered engines, high-power magnetic generators, Tesla energy transducer-receivers, carbeurators that yield 100+ MPG from petrol or burn a wide variety of combustibles efficiently.

    • FreedomFighter

      “Tesla energy transducer-receivers”

      Will charge batterys…Not being techinical inclined, a couple of Edison Batterys and a few solar panels with an inverter works from me…Edison Battery…very rare. Gettem if you can.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • MAH

    One thing we learned about lighting, that is not mentioned here, is you should figure out a way to have and keep it overhead. We are so used to it being overhead that even if you do have light, it is not the same and causes stress when not overhead. I speak from experience that we had during the late October storm last year in New England.

  • uvuvuv

    i worked as a night cleaner in a utility regional office and they had this big wall chart showing their grid. it was so complex that a dutiful ant would take a week to walk along all the lines, including a lot of backtracking because a lot of the wires just end. with this in mind i observed the power lines in driving around and saw this complexity with the actual system. and this is a rutal area. you can have a wire go along a road for two miles, then cross the road, then head back and just stop. no laterals, nothing, just that wire. perhaps they assumed there would be development in that area that never took place. but if you really look you will see this all over, wires that seem to run at cross purposes, in all directions. i think the problem is they still have wires in place that were first run in the 1890s, and with each new decade new wires were overlaid, to the point where you wonder how the electricity knows where to go. they can’t plan out a new grid and replace the old one, the cost would be boggling, so they use the old etch a sketch year by year and do a lot of hoping it will all work out.

  • JimH

    Personally I like to think if the lights are out it’s a great excuse to take a nap.

    • Bimbam

      Jest don’t make it permanent by not being prepared. And don’t be a burden to your neighbors, wear a golden ear ring so they can at least bury you and get paid!

    • Michael C.

      That might be one HECK of a nap if the power is out for a few days (or even weeks). Having emergency supplies gives you more choices. Better to have ‘em and not need ‘em than the other way around.

      • JimH

        Hi Michael, For the last half century I have been going camping and back packing. Sometimes camping on sandbars out of a canoe on weeklong trips.
        Outdoorsmen already have the resources and knowledge that they(we) need.
        It’s also a great way to relax and get away from it all.
        when the power goes out people adapt.
        A cenyury ago there were people who went a lifetime without electric.

  • Old Henry

    Given the candles, laterns, etc. one other item that should be on hand is at least one fire extinguisher. Two would be better.

  • Priscilla King

    Liked and linked!

  • http://elconstituyentecom Augusto

    The new generations of American are. The Tea Party are anarchist’s, brain watches, This is Americans’ 22 Century. See the Secret Service tinker theat because they are Secret Service they can do everything they want, unfortunate the Prostitutes’ are smarter am informer the Police, all of this because the American ego.

  • FreedomFighter

    Something very interesting I came accross, involving HAARP

    4/22/2012 — Florida Tornado watches, hail — damaging winds detected in GA, SC, NC

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Donald York

    another baby boom if the lights go out. Ho-hum.

    • JimH

      We call it camping.

      • FreedomFighter

        One family for a weekend its camping, 100 million or more for a month or more, its an emergency resulting in predicted death tolls of 50 to 70%, esp in citys.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Realistic

    If will come end off World you can not survive-do everything but
    prepare your Soul and Believe in Lord.

  • FreedomFighter

    Douglas, AZ /Mexico Border Nuclear Weapons Hunt/Letter From Law Enforcement Listener

    April 26, 2012


    On Saturday 04/21/2012, there was major activity along the border at Douglas, Arizona. I personally witnessed approx 20 civilian vehicles pulled over (approx 1 mile from the border heading towards Tombstone), many were high speed chases. In addition, approx 30 Border Patrol vehicles were traveling in a convoy towards to mexican border.

    Monday, I heard an interview with a San Diego reporter and Border Patrol agent, asking about this activity. The BP Agent stated they were looking for weapons of “mass affect?” I’m sure you heard this interview? When asked for further clarification, he said “nuclear devices.”

    Didn’t Iran just threaten to set off nukes in several American cities if they were attacked?

    You probably already heard this, just wanted to make sure.


    Heads up

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi


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