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

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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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