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There are a number of things that most survivalists keep in their emergency kits. A lot of people who haven’t received any survival training are kind of surprised at one of the very handy tool’s though: A plumber’s candle.

As a nation, the United States just came through one of the most bitterly cold winters on record for at least the last 50 years. This would have been a perfect time for people to have kept a few plumber’s candles handy, and there really isn’t a bad time to have a few in the ekit (emergency kit).

These are the candles that are usually less than a half foot tall and a bit less than an inch in diameter, sometimes sold as ‘8-hour candles’. I’ve never seen one actually burn that long, but the point is that they produce a surprising amount of heat and light. It is important to note that we weren’t talking about the little decorative candles or those that will burn up fast. Here are just a couple scenarios where they could be life savers:

You and your family are home, temperatures are sub-zero outside and the power goes out. You get the family into the smallest room in the house, probably the bathroom, with blankets and such, knowing that it is easier to heat a small space than a big one. You open the window just a little, also knowing that venting is important to get rid of excess carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, then you light the candle. The candle provides heat and light, and can actually keep the room above freezing, despite the outside temperatures. (Body heat would also help.) This could keep everyone from freezing to death before help arrived.

Another scenario: You are driving along the highway with the family, on icy roads and with snow falling. The snowfall turns into a blizzard and unavoidably, you find yourself stuck in a snow bank with snow rapidly covering the car. Help will probably arrive, but it might take hours before it does. You know that running the car so you can use the heater is a bad idea. You’ll soon run out of gas, and in the process, the carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfate from the engine would reach toxic levels in less than a half hour.

So you roll down the window just a little, again for ventilation, turn off the engine, and pull out the handy candle. Burning the candle can keep the compartment warm. It can also be used to heat food, if there is any (a good emergency kit will have at least some food in it). It can also be used to dry out clothing, such as socks. It can even be used to melt some snow in order to have water to drink.

In both cases, you’ve turned a potentially deadly situation into merely an inconvenient and frustrating one. Your chances of survival increase many times.

All of this is possible because of including a candle in the emergency gear. A lot of people don’t think about including one. There are many other great ways that candles can keep you safe, too, and I’ll be writing about some of them.

The question is, do you have one or two 8-hour candles in your emergency gear for the home, office and car?

Here are some sites that advocate preparedness for you all to check out. Sorry this is such a crummy post. Been dealing with health issues again.

Government link for building an emergency kit.


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Emergencies are a fact of life. They can happen at any moment in time. Now, I’m not talking emergencies as in breaking a nail or a bad hair day. I’m talking stranded in the middle of nowhere, zombie apocalypse type emergencies. In cases like this it’s important to be prepared.

The point of the emergency kit is to be able to survive for a short period of time until help comes (if it comes).

Water first. Water is probably the most important asset to an emergency kit. Water can be stored for six months, but you need to make sure that the water is sealed in its container. Milk jugs have bad seals so are not recommended for long term water storage. Try to keep up on this, though. You may not think about how vital water is, but it is extremely important. And you will need about a gallon of water per person, per day.

Food is the next important issue. Packaged and canned goods are best, just make sure you have all the things required to make them. For instance, canned veggies and meats are good for this. FEMA states that you need to make sure to keep in mind any special diets that members of your family may need and avoid foods that make you thirsty.

You will need to do the same for pets. Buy a spare small bag of food for your specific animals and store extra water for them. Some animals should not eat foods meant for other animals. Cats need a much higher protein content than dogs, for instance.

Learn what you can about your area. From plants to geography. This information will come in handy in case of an emergency, especially in the form of an apocalypse.

Anyone with children can well attest to needing things to keep them preoccupied. Toys, coloring books, and crayons should serve that purpose. Books for older children. Babies should have spare cans of formula and extra packages of diapers set aside.

You should have a spare kit set aside with any emergency stash you have. This should be considered off limits except in emergency. It’s a good idea to keep another kit for semi-everyday use. Stash a small bottle of bleach aside for the purpose of purifying water.

Miscellaneous stuff should also be added to your kit. Women should take a moment to put aside extra monthly necessities (including a few changes of clothing). Flashlights and spare batteries are obvious. So are matches. A radio can be more helpful that you would think, for both entertainment and updates on what is going on around you and spare batteries for it. A can-opener (hand-operated) is necessary if you have canned goods stashed. Spare bedding and clothes. A pot, a pan, and silverware are necessary. Plastic and paper dishes could be bought and stashed with the kit. Candles would be handy so you don’t use up your batteries.

Finally, keep the kit where you can get to it. A specific closet in the house, the trunk of your cars, a drawer (you would need a very bare essential kit) in your office. Being able to have access to your kit is important so that you can keep updating it as necessary. Also, if an emergency hits, you don’t have to run around and throw things together… you would already have everything in one place! And don’t forget to make sure everyone in your family knows where it is at so if you aren’t around, they can get to it if needed.

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