Thanks for the information. However, that looks like a light that would
give light for a substantial period of time but not something that would
come on automatically if power is lost -- more like a very heavyduty
flashlight. My interest in for something that would only require lighting
for a short time (to handle an emergency) but should operate automatically
and would provide more light output than the little LED lights because smoke
can create a very difficult atmosphere for vision.
This provides substantial amount of light, operates automatically in a
power failure, will work for up to 90 minutes (more than enough time to
get out), and is reasonably priced at $17.50 (Battery is included).
Call it roughly $25.00 including shipping and handling.
The one he's talking about comes on automatically when the power to it's
charging rack fails. When you remove it from it's charging rack it will
function as a very long lasting flashlight. In my opinion the model you
want is the eight watt, flood light bulb, power failure version. It is
the third item down that page.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
Thanks. I did not pick up on that when I first looked at the page. (Also,
thanks for your informative reply to one of Pete C's messages. He seems to
think I am stupid for wanting more protection, while I think we should
consider panic and the limited time available in the event of a fire -- and
take extra precautions for that possibility.)
I salute you for taking the time to think about taking care of your own
safety instead of sitting back and assuming someone else will magically
bale you out when things go wrong.
A major portion of a Firefighters job is to encourage people to think
about such issues in advance. I give you major points for having taken
some preparatory steps and reevaluating how they work out when
appropriate. Many of the deaths that occur during emergencies and
disasters can be attributed to lack of preparedness on the part of
individual citizens who then want heads to roll because a federal Urban
Search and Rescue Team (USART) did not arrive during the event to hold
them by the hand and spoon feed them. If more people were taking
responsibility for there own safety like you the fire and rescue service
would be a lot less busy then it now is and the US would not have the
worst rate of civilian fire casualties of all developed nations.
Master Firefighter / Rescuer Thomas D. Horne, speaking for himself and
not the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department, a cooperating agency of
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