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)?