National Preparedness Month Daily Challenge: Day 17

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  • #22784


    Yesterday, we went a bit darker with our challenge, so today, we’ll go with a simpler – but very worthwhile – task to balance things out.

    This is a very simple task and will make your life much easier in the event of a late-night power outage.

    Add a complete light source to every room of the house. This can be, for example, a flashlight, a candle with a book of matches tucked under the holder (or a lighter – but a candle alone won’t do much good), an oil lamp, or an LED headlamp. (We have these headlamps and love them.) An idea for the kiddos is a toy that glows on demand.  We also keep large spotlight-type flashlights beside each door to the outside, a habit we developed when we lived out in the boonies with lots of wildlife.

    Here’s an article about emergency light sources for some lighting inspiration.

    What is your favorite kind of emergency lighting?

    Do you prefer the old-fashioned stuff or the new stuff? Did you have rooms that were missing emergency lighting? What kind of lighting do you suggest for children?

    Share your thoughts in the comments!

  • #22786

    We have rechargable solar lantern flashlights in our bathrooms, all sorts of flashlights in our great room as well was candles, flashlights in our bedroom, and candles in our spare room.

  • #22789


    Flashlights on all the door handles leading to the outside

    Led lanterns. These you pull from the top, and they turn on

    Bathroom, a freebee from Harbor freight which hangs from the towel rod. It works well

    lights which have legs that you can twist. You can put them on something( tripod like ) or hang them around

    A LED Lenser light, not cheap, but super bright and wide. Great for scanning an area outside. ( Love it BTW)

    And a bunch sitting in my night table drawer, well because you can never have too many lights.

  • #22799

    Livingthe Dream

    Oil lanterns in the family and living room, candles in almost every room, flashlights scattered throughout the house and in the end tables by each bed, and a led lantern.  I really like the led lantern for it’s brightness & small size.  I need to get something besides a candle in the bathrooms.

  • #22803

    Pony Maroni

    We love those headlamps! We have the kind with both white and red lights, and they are great for everything from power outage to shifting the chickens around at night. They don’t seem to “see” the red light, so we can slip in after dusk to introduce new layers, etc.

    Flashlights in every room, oil lamps and candles available for more long-term use – especially in situations where the batteries run out of power.

    Hubs has one of those shake-a-light flashlights. It’s okay, but the beam is not all that impressive. Still, it works and doesn’t require replacement batteries.


  • #22802


    This was a great challenge for me to actually take another look at my emergency light sources. I do have large flashlights next to every bed and a flashlight in the bathroom. In my purse I have an LED flashlight that scans out or focuses tightly. But, this review made me realize I need to do a battery inventory for these light sources and add to my supply.

    For a steadier light source, I had bought a case of those Essentials 115 Hour emergency candles sold through I think these are safer to use for me than open flame candles and they really do light up a fairly large area. To light these I have a good supply of strike anywhere matches stored in waterproof containers at hand. Also, I am beginning to purchase Bic lighters as I think of it which are recommended by several youtube sources I watch. And, of course, I do have a fairly substantial supply of regular candles which I use primarily for decor but could be used in an emergency.

    In a recent challenge, I realized by vintage oil lamp was out of reach so when tall GD visited recently, I had her put that down where I can reach it. It needs topping off with oil which means adding more oil to my shopping list. The fact this lamp which was actually used in some country homes within my lifetime sheds joy in my heart, so it can also bring comfort during any longterm outages.

    Thanks, Daisy, for this very practical challenge for me.

  • #22810

    Crow Bar

    Two head lamps.
    Probably half a dozen Mini-mag lights.
    Got a small Gerber flashlight in the night stand next to the bed.
    One of those big 6v flashlights.
    Candles. More than I can count.
    I have two of these:

    But I want at least half a dozen of these:

  • #22811

    Dala Barnes

    Regular mini mag lights on each bedside table. Candles for the bathrooms (with lighters). Larger mag light for living room, just there to get the larger stand up battery operated flashlights in a cabinet. I want to get some fuel operated hurricane type lamps for longer outages to not run down the batteries but I am still on the fence about open flames. I did not have lighting for the other rooms as they are unoccupied but for todays challenge I added some.

  • #22813

    OldMt Woman

    Water and light are two of my favorite topics.  I go overboard on both of them.  Or maybe not overboard… cuz I’ve lived without them and it’s not fun.  😉   One thing about living in a really small old house – tons of dark corners everywhere!  Stashing the $1 small LED flashlites has become a very handy habit.  I love tools kept at Point Of Use!!

    For this Challenge I just grabbed my 3-ring binder.   [my spiral notebooks just aren’t flexible enough for adding/moving pages]  This binder is labeled:  “Categories #1-12” —- #5 is LIGHT

    So it was a good time to update.  In there, I list description and then WHERE in this clutter, did I put it?  🙂  That needed updating.

    @corsaire….Thank you!  I immediately stuck one of those $1 small flashlights at our front and back doors.  As I mentioned, there are multitudes of those bright little LED lites everywhere by now ….but it occurred to me that DH probably wouldn’t be able to FIND ANY OF THEM.  Front/Back door….perfect!  Next to the binoculars…etc.

    That said, DH does have his good LED headlamp next to front door, on fireplace mantle.  I have my everyday headlamp with my EDC stuff…ready to go out door for any of the chores.  My “good” LED headlamp is in my Goin’-Into-Town BOB …which would also get tossed over the railing to go on ANY emergency EVAC.

    Living Room…also has 3 Dietz oil lanterns.  One large Jupiter outside version but it’s so big it would be used to heat inside for winter [with ventilation].  A small green one for indoor-outdoor.  A hanging oil lamp with reflector for indoor.  NONE have oil in them tho.  In this arid climate, the oil evaporates into a nasty goo.  So they would have to be filled if the outage would be long enough to warrant the effort.  Oil kept in sealed bottles, in special storage box outside.

    More candles …pillar, taper, in-jar…on fireplace mantle.  Lighters kept there too.

    $1 flashlights located near dark pantry shelves and on top of stove for also point of use.  Oven light doesn’t work, for instance.

    DH’s “room” has his stuff….so he has a good flashlite on his utility belt.  [note to self…see if he has batteries]

    Bedroom:  One of those bright LED pull-lanterns.  EZ , inexpensive, and lite-weight.  [ Our elderlies had an outage …only a few hours of dark…but afterwards, they bought 2 of them for themselves and 1 for us.   In return, I gave them the idea of the $1 LEDs and they now also have those EVERYwhere.  “Elderly” and “walking-in-darkness”…NOT a good idea! ]

    Bedroom also has two $1 lights in specific places within reach – even in dark.  An older, pre-LED unfortunately, Excalibur Shakelight hangs handy too.  [For what it’s worth dimly, after batteries run out?]  Have candles on dresser and a couple boxes of candles stashed in the closet.  I collected candles at thrift stores.

    Nothing kept in bathroom but it’s so small you can easily reach out the door for the excellent LED spotlight.  LOVE that thing!  It’s re-charger cord is there too.  It’s a rule:  it MUST be returned to that exact spot when not in use!!!

    Also within reach of bathroom…. 2 old, cheap, not-LED flashlights that I left ON and laying on the floor  during our recent Electric Outage Challenge.  Worked very well to light your feet.  1 for bathroom and 1 for bedroom.  Got idea from our elderlies.

    More candles are nearby that location …..and yes, I just put a cig liter next to them!  One of those candles-in-a-jar would go into bathroom if the outage continued.  Tiny room has only a bare sink with NO cabinet and only wire shelving elsewhere.  Shower only, so not even space on tub rim.  Small candle will ONLY fit next to the hot water faucet.

    No-windows garage has two $1 lights for dark corners or power outage.  Darkness is total in there.

    Batteries…checked those after “Elect. Challenge” and have D’s and always more AAAs on shopping list.  Have small solar battery charger but will only do a few at a time.

    OldMtWoman …..#5 in my notebook is now updated!  🙂

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by  OldMt Woman.
  • #22815

    Cinnamon Grammy

    For eme<span style=”font-size: 100%;”>rgency lighting we have two main sources:  oil lamps, and battery powered head lamps.</span>

    Every room has at least one candle in a holder, with a match book next/under/inside it.  The candles are just there to get us to the cabinet where the oil lamps and headlamps are.

    There are flashlights in the bedside table drawers, and in the storage cabinet near the oil lamps.  Extra candles are also there.

    I have an oil lamp ready to go in our upstairs bedroom. It is sitting in front of a mirror which will reflect the light. We have enough oil lamps so each major room can have one, or double up for group use.

    We have one battery operated table light that we use in the kitchen and bathroom to keep glass and open flame away from items there.  I want to get two more so that I can leave one in a cabinet in the kitchen and the main bathroom.

    I have one solar powered light string, that stays outside charging, to be used under the cabinets in the kitchen or in the bathroom.  <-Mood lighting for the bathroom.  I don’t know how long it will last, though.


  • #22817

    Farm Girl

    Already done that!!  Plus, 2 light sources in each car.  Well, two flashlights in each car.

  • #22819


    We have a couple of flashlights in each nightstand beside our bed as well as one in the nightstand in spare bedroom.. I have a small oil lamp in main bathroom and a solar light in small bathroom as well as a reg. flashlight.  I also have a couple of the LUSI LED solar lights.  Those work great. Planning on getting a couple more of those.  I also have 3 oil lamps on my den fireplace mantel as well as the large flashlight sitting under table by DH’s chair. We also have several of the led lights that look like a light switch. Very bright. I have one on wall next to kitchen door going out to garage. Also have a couple of oil lamps on tables in living room as well. I also have a small bucket full of small led flashlights that take AA batteries for giving to anyone needing a flashlight. Also have those flashlights that you plug into outlets in car for charging as well as a flashlight in glove compartment and two in console between front seats.

  • #22823

    Cinnamon Grammy

    CrowBar.  Nice oil lamps.  Ooh, though, $80 each.  But, you buy it once and it gets passed down to the grandkids. Good for inside and out.

    I have oil lamps that are glass and not able to be carried. One is from my grandfather’s farm and that is one I cherish.

  • #22824

    I have oil lamps,flashlights and candles fancy and functional. For children glow sticks are cool and headlamps.

  • #22830

    Mama cando

    I have about 7 regular oil lamps, 6 oil lanterns,two small hanging oil lamps with reflectors with the oil and fresh wicks for all. Several electric candles around the house, I use those due to small grands, less chance of a fire that way until they get a little older. I also DO have a tote full of regular candles with matches, candlestick holders and two holders that hang on the wall with reflectors plus 3 old fashioned candle holders with chimneys. Flashlights in every room. Have to up the battery stash, thanks for the reminder. Since it’s getting to be close to Christmas (I know but I tend to shop early), I believe sales on batteries should be fairly good.

    Muffy, have you used one of those 115 hour candles yet? I saw them in the EE catalogue and have been debating on whether or not to get some of them.

  • #22838

    Crusher 1

    We have bunches of the free and/or really cheap flashlights from Harbor Freight.  We also each have a headlamp we can wear.  In our kitchen we have larger flashlights in a drawer and all the candles centrally located above the fridge.  There is at least one flashlight in each of our cars, and there are two lanterns and solar flashlight in our camping trailer that we can bring into the house if needed.  I never thought about oil lamps- they’re going on the list.

  • #22845

    JD Darling

    I have battery backup LED night lights in all rooms, high lumen flashlights by exits and in vehicles and outbuildings.

  • #22849

    OldMt Woman

    Issues with oil lamps….  for anyone new to the critters.  lol

    Spare Parts:

    wicks  [ found on-line or craft/hardware stores, sometimes.] Measure width; they vary.

    glass globes – so fragile.  Even the ones semi-protected on the outdoor lanterns.  Pack away some spares.

    Trimming the wicks:

    Use scissors to get the gunky blobs off.  The more even the flame, the less soot/smell.  AND less cleaning the soot off the glass chimney.   Look up shapes to trim….interesting.  Triangle point vs straight across.

    Fire Danger:

    CAREFULLY hold your hand above the globe at the level of anything that might be too close.  Ceiling….  Shelves above….  The wall or something hanging above….  You’ll know if that is NOT a good place to position your oil lamp.  The narrow part of the globe focuses the heat….be careful when you test for this!  HOT!   [I do this with candles too but lamps produce more heat.]

    Of course breaking/spilling the lamp could be an issue.  Keep well away from kids/pets/other obstructions.   DO YOU HAVE FIRE SUPPRESSION DEVICES AT THE READY?


    They are sometimes called kerosene lamps.  Kerosene stinks but certainly can be used.  All should have at least a bit of ventilation, btw.  Because they are burning oxygen.

    Lamp oil….liquid parafin is used more often now.  This product is a lot more refined of impurities than kerosene….and it costs more.  But the stink and impurities in your lungs may off-set the price increase.   [look up this topic too for your own information]

    Scented or not.  Consider the scent if you end up using the lamp for a week after huge storm brings down power lines.  Would you or yours get sick of it? Anyone allergic to scents?

    OldMtWoman …just some extra details

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  • #22851


    ok the oil lamps. I dont have any and kinda gun shy around flames.


    What are the advantages over battery operated or USB lamps?

  • #22856


    I recently complete a power outage box for both upstairs and downstairs. I also added a lantern and a flashlight to each room in the house.  I keep extras of these in several common rooms in both the upstairs and downstairs closets.  I check the batteries in all my devices twice a year, and have 2 flashlights that stay plugged up and ready for use in the bathrooms

  • #22865

    Jessee Jones

    I have three solar Edison light strands for three of the rooms and 2 others that are in the bathrooms. I also have solar lights for various areas, 6- 60 watt light bulbs ran off of power blocks, and 2 solar small generators. I also have oil lamps with extra oil, wicks, and lights in every room. I have the $1 small flashlights in drawers, cars, my pocketbook, everywhere! I like that they fit in my pocket.

  • #22869

    OldMt Woman

    For Corsaire’s question:  Why oil lamps if battery/USB lamps available?

    Good Question….I have 3 answers.  Others might have different answers.  Since they ARE a pain to fill and clean…and yes, it’s real fire…. I wouldn’t necessarily use mine UNLESS

    1. I’ve run out of batteries cuz the Stuff Hit The Fan and we’re a ways into the mess.  Solar chargers and renewable batteries would make that extend out a lot longer before I’d need to use an alternative.  If rough times hit really bad, it’s simply another option of fuel for lighting that might be available – esp. if you’d accept stinky kerosene.
    2. If I needed the HEAT the big Dietz Jupiter lantern can produce…either in my house or in some pathetic attempt at a greenhouse up in our frigid mountains
    3.  Cuz of nostalgia….grew up in rural mid-west.  Some of my oil lamps are family antiques.

    OldMtWoman …I do love the pragmatic LED lights but soft candles or oil lamps are ….nice.

  • #22888


    I have this (mostly) done already, multiple light sources in living room and bedrooms, and a candle in the bathroom.

  • #22894

    Loving Life

    Done. With all the power outages, I always keep light sources (flashlight and candle matches) in each room.

  • #22928


    A renewable source for candle wax is the bayberry shrub.  A quart of berries yields about a cup of wax.  Here is a link:


  • #22939

    OldMt Woman

    Good site, @woodsrunner.  Looking at other articles.  Thanks.


  • #23130

    Mama T

    My husband, myself and both of our teens sleep with our phones on our own nightstands. All of our phones have flashlights. We also keep candles on the top of the refrigerator and a drawer with multiple headlamps, flashlights and batteries, and battery charger for all. We also have a big spot light on the counter that we use often to see wildlife in our yard. I have several kerosene lamps in our shed but am not a fan of the smell. We’ve used them a few times during hurricane power outages. We also have a few camp lanters in the back room.

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