I have been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 2009. I retired from the San Diego Fire Department in 2008 after 21 years of service. From my experience, I've learned that we need to be prepared for anything: fires, floods, winter ice storms, tornadoes, Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, aliens, and zombies … if you are prepared for all of that, then you are pretty much good to go!
In my first “What I like about you” post, I want to focus on flashlights. When I was a firefighter, I had three different lights on my turnout gear. I had one light attached to my helmet, one clipped to the front of my jacket and one on my side cargo pants pocket. When you are in a bad environment, you want back ups to back ups.
Let’s talk about flashlights for the home. I looked at many different kinds but ended up choosing Etόn American Red Cross Blackout Buddy flashlight. I have six in my house: in bedrooms, hallways and even the bathroom.
What I like about you:
- It is a low-profile plug in light. It is always charged and ready to go.
- It can also serve as a night light. The slide switch on the side of the light turns it into night light.
- You know where it is because it is plugged into outlet, not hidden in a junk drawer or under the bed. So you walk by it everyday. You get familiar with where it is.
- It is bright enough to get the work done, or find your super bright light, or find your Go Bag in the dark and get out of the house safely.
- LED means minimal electrical draw while it is plugged into outlet
Last night my two dogs went crazy barking in the back yard. I grabbed my flashlight off the wall and headed out back. I never did find what they were after - I suspect a cat - but they were insistent an intruder had wandered through our fenced yard. I was at least prepared for that!
Next time: Flashlights for your Go Bag