Why Every Winter Storm Emergency Kit Needs a Flashlight

Power OutageYou can never have enough LED flashlights, even if you’re not an avid spelunker, hiker or camper. A trusty LED flashlight comes in handy in many different situations, even if you’re just looking for lost items around the house. This is especially true when it comes to emergency situations; for example, during a winter storm or flood.

Now that winter is in full swing, the following are a few reasons you should not underrate the importance of keeping a few LED flashlights in your storm emergency kit. Even if you already have a flashlight in the garage or kitchen drawer, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of LED light sources with your emergency supplies so you’ll always have one close at hand. It is better to be well prepared ahead of time than have to scramble in the dark for a light source when you really need it!

Power outage. One of the most obvious reasons to keep an LED light source in your winter emergency kit is because of the possibility of a power outage. If you do lose electricity, the light levels from a quality LED flashlight will be much more efficient than those from a traditional, non-LED light source. Candles, propane lanterns, torches and cheaper plastic flashlights are not only fire hazards, but they also typically have low illumination levels compared to a quality LED flashlight or lantern. Don’t sit in the dark and wait it out; be prepared, and have the light you need ready to go!

Water damage. During a major storm, flooding and rain damage is common. A leak in your basement or roof can wreak serious havoc on your home’s property value, your stored goods and most of all the safety of your family. A flood area can cause electric shock if not treated properly. This is a good reason to have an LED flashlight on hand, because before you can investigate or fix any leak or problem in a flooded area of your home, you will need to turn off the power. Hence, having a quality LED light source will be invaluable in its ability to help you safely navigate during a flood.

Snow-in. Being snowed in can be really fun if you’re able to stay warm and dry. But you will undoubtedly need to travel around at some point, whether inside your house or outside. This is why it’s important to have a few LED flashlights on hand. You will need them to navigate through your attic, garage or food storage when it comes time to hunker down for the remainder of the snow pack. And when it comes to traveling away from home, in case your car becomes stuck or you become isolated on foot, it will pay off to have a flashlight for the walk home – or for nighttime roadside maintenance!

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