Saturday, December 21, 2013

National Flashlight Day

Turning the Lights on for Safety

By Kelly Norton, Volunteer Contributor

Today marks National Flashlight Day. This holiday serves as a reminder to us all to always have a flashlight ready in our home. Spread the word about Flashlight Day so that family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers are also reminded about this preparedness item. 

Take some time today to make sure everyone in your family knows where the flashlights are kept in your home. I keep one under the kitchen sink. It's also a good time to make sure your flashlight has working batteries and, ideally, a set of handy spare ones, too. This is a great way to demonstrate emergency preparedness.

As Squiggy taught us in her December in a Nutshell post, it's always safer to use a flashlight rather than a candle during a power outage. 

December 21st also marks the first official day of winter, the Winter Solstice. Most people know this as the shortest day of the year. But this also means that it's the longest night of the year, so there's plenty of time to test our your flashlight in the dark!

If you don't have a flashlight, you can find one at a hardware sore or department store. They also make great gifts if you're still working on your holiday shopping! 

Take a look at the other Red Cross recommended items for your preparedness kits. 

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