When the lights go out, how ready are you with flashlights and such?

Contributor: Bignuf Bignuf
We just had a bad storm a couple days back and were "in the dark" for about 12 hours. That doesn't happen much, or for that long. Thankfully, I had the needed back up supplies, although I discovered several of my flashlights had batteries that had leaked and rotted and my little camp stove (Propane) had rusted so bad the valve wouldn't turn (I tossed it out).

Are you ready for "lights out" times?
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Contributor: Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
Because we live in the boonies, and thus there is no "outside light" from buildings or street lights, if the power goes out it is PITCH black. We learned quickly to keep flashlights around: we have one in each bedroom on that bedroom's desk, one in each of our nightstands, two in the top drawer in the kitchen, and one in the living room. We also have a little tent/camping lantern in our pantry, and since we usually have our cell phones on us, we'll use the light from the screen to go find the flashlights, lol.
Contributor: Taylor Taylor
I have a little hand crank flashlight/radio/phone charger for that situation. I probably should get some more flashlights to keep in the other rooms just in case though. I have a lot of candles throughout my house though so I usually end up lighting them when the power goes out.
Contributor: G&L G&L
We have flashlights all over the house. I grew up in area where we would lose power for weeks at a time.
Contributor: peppermintgal peppermintgal
I think I have 1 flashlight, and I have no idea where it is. But I do have flameless candles I could use in an emergency.
Contributor: RonLee RonLee
A few years ago there was a fire in one of the office buildings downtown chicago. The news that had a biggest impact on me from that fire was that some of the people who died, lost their lives not from the fire itself but because in the darkness due to smoke and power outage, they could not find their way to the stairs and died of smoke inhalation. I then started everyday carry of a small rather high power flashlight.
Each of us will die one day or another, but I prefer not to die from something as preventable as not being able to find the way out.