The recent devastating earthquake in Italy and 27th anniversary of the October 17 Loma Prieta earthquake are both reminders to make sure your emergency kits are up to date. One thing of importance is to have backup lighting sources available. We can experience power outages during even mild rainstorms, and a major earthquake could leave us without electricity for days at a time.
With the many options of lanterns, flashlights, and headlamps available these days, there is no reason for candles, which can be dangerous. Review your home and work emergency kits and update if necessary.
Personal Flashlights: A ll f amily m embers and coworkers should have easy access to a flashlight, which should be checked regularly. I recommend Fenix® P D35, w hich p roduces a brilliant beam of light. With a maximum output of 960 lumens, this light is brighter than many search-and-rescue flashlights on the market while remaining a fraction of the size and the cost. Powering this incredible technology is either two lithium CR123 batteries, or a single, rechargeable Li-Ion 18650 cell. (Sku 300396, $79.99) Powered by two AA batteries, the Mini Maglite® LED is very compact for a purse, backpack, or desk drawer. Maglite is known for its quality and durability. (Sku 34090, $14.99)
Area Lighting: Dedicated area-type lanterns like the Rayovac® Sportsman 9-watt lantern can be set on a high shelf and illuminate a large space. This will allow you to perform tasks or play a board game with the family while the power is out. (Sku 3165784, $34.99)
Headlamps: A wellfitting headlamp makes it a lot easier to read, cook, or perform any task because your hands are free. The Energizer® LED Headlight offers various settings and a pivoting light. (Sku 3529773, $19.99)
Should you have any questions on lighting or emergency preparations, please feel free to reach me at email@example.com or by calling the Cole Street store at 415/319-6705.
—Glen, Cole Street Safety Coordinator