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Emergency Box for a Power Outage

Updated on March 6, 2012

The majority of the time, we tend to not think about what we may need if the power goes out until it actually happens. Then we are scrambling around trying to find candles and matches. It only takes a short amount of time to make an "emergency box," and it's great to be able to just grab it when the electricity does go out.

First you need a box, this doesn't have to be anything special. You don't want something really big, just a small sized box.

Next put some candles in your box. You can buy boxes of what is called "emergency candles" that usually come in ten count. If you buy these type of candles, make sure that you have holders for them because they will not stand up on their own. I prefer the 4-6 inch high candles that are a couple inches in diameter. These will burn for several hours without needing a holder.

What You Need When the Lights go out

You also want to put a lighter to light your candles in the box. Even if you don't use lighters on a regular basis, I would recommend purchasing one or two because matches can get damp and not be able to light properly.

Next you should put a flashlight with several extra batteries in the box. You may need to get areas that you don't want to have to carry a candle around with you.

That is it, just put your box in a place that is easily accessible so you don't have to go search for the box. Like on a closet shelf.


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    • DeborahFantasia profile image

      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      It's amazing how many people don't !

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Everyone should do at least that much preparation for a power outage. Being able to see is a good start.