I may be writing to the wrong newsgroup. If so, I hope someone will direct
me to the correct one.
I have already taken certain emergency precautions. I had a security system
installed that includes direct connection to a home base for glass breaks,
fire, etc. (a home base that would then call police if I do not respond with
the correct password). I also left battery-powered fire/smoke detectors in
place even after installing the new system because they have emergency
lights that would be activated in the event to fire, and I have lots of
flashlights throughout the house. Nevertheless, a very simple event
happened tonight that showed me very clearly how vulnerable we would be if
we really needed to exit the house quickly. We suddenly lost power, with no
warning -- no storm, nothing. As luck would have it, I was sitting at the
computer, and that is one of the few area of the house with no flashlights.
Everything was *pitch*
black, and it took me an inordinate amount of time to
feel my way through the house to a desk where I could get a flashlight. If
that had really been a fire, I'm sure I would not have made it!
I realize that there are some little plug-in lights available that come on
when electricity is off. I used to have several, but they never seemed to
last very long. So, my question is, can anyone recommend a good emergency
setup to handle situations such as what I just described? Should I just buy
some more of those little plug-in units, or is there a better setup
available (but something that is feasible for a home -- not a commercial
type of establishment)?