The spring and summer storm season is here, and Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs offer a few tips to prepare families for anything Mother Nature throws their way, especially power outages. An emergency power kit can literally be a beacon of light in a storm. Each family’s kit should contain: At least one flashlight for every member of the household Battery-powered lanterns for illuminating large spaces and rooms Battery-operated weather radio to track the storm Additional batteries in a variety of cell sizes, including extra batteries for critical care devices such as hearing aids and glucose monitors Battery-operated cell phone chargers Consider using lithium batteries, which are more durable, have a higher voltage capacity, and maintain a longer shelf life. Put the emergency power kit in a location easily accessed by every family member. Each year when your clock “springs forward,” check the batteries in your emergency power kit. Why flashlights instead of candles? On average, a home fire caused by candles is reported every 34 minutes. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, candles are the third leading cause of injuries from home fires, following cooking and heating.
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