Emergency Power Outage Lights are a must in every person's tool kit!
You know the familiar scenario. You waited for three or four hours for your program to download on the Internet and with just a few seconds to completion - %$#@& (add your familiar disgust word here!)
Your rice is half-way boiling in the cooker when suddenly…!
I mean, what are you going to do – eat the gravy alone, or drink the ‘mar’ later?
All these happen on a regular basis and it’s just a way of life in Guyana. Blackout will occur frequently. Sometimes they are planned and at other times they are not.
The good folks at the Guyana Power and Light utility company won’t sent you a text message or give you a telephone call and give you the ‘heads-up’
Don’t you wish they would sometimes! Would make life a bit easier - don’t ya think?
So these are expected realities and instead of using profanities and curse the government and your neighbor’s dog, let’s look at ways we can prepare for these ‘little’ disasters (inconveniences if you may) that occur almost on a regular basis.
First, let’s look at something that has been tried and tested since way back when the buses Zorina and June Flower used to traverse the Corentyne road and the Torani, Makouria, and Malali steamers used to ply the Guyana Rivers.
Folks, the tried and tested kero or kerosene lamps are still shining bright as the day some inventor discovered light.
People still use them and they are a good source of emergency lighting.
Always keep a couple
handy. Also, make sure you have a container or two with enough supplies of kerosine oil just in case.
They’re also a charming piece of home décor.
Survival Candles are not only handy and a must in everyone’s emergency tool kit, but they also add a dash of romantic décor to your home.
I mean if you want to get playfully naughty with your wife and want to spice things up, a couple of aromatic and scented candles can really light up the sparks! (I think my mother will really get on my case if she happens to read this). She’ll say: ‘Roy, what has gone into you!’
Ok, back to ‘brass tacks’
Blackout or not, common sense dictates that these handy gizmos are a must in everybody’s emergency power outage lights kit.
Many of us living in New York City recalled the grim spectre of darkness that loomed over the city in the aftermath of the Big Sandy Hurricane disaster.
It was not just regular pitch black darkness, but a scarily silent and frighteningly uneasy period of blackest darkness that many had never experienced before.
Zombie movie lovers can identify with this scenario – fighting to survive in the wake of impending doom.
Flashlights are a must – get them!
These come in different forms. Some have handles that you can carry around or hang on posts or they can easily be seated on tables.
Others are wall mounted and can be plugged into electrical wall sockets. They lit up automatically the very instant there is a blackout.
I find these convenient because blackouts happen in a moment’s notice and rather than having to scramble to get to your other emergency devices, you can rely on these ‘babies’ to light you path.
The convenience of these lamps is that they come equipped with either a single incandescent light bulb or one or a cluster of high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LED).
Today many commercial buildings and even private homes use generators for their emergency power outage lights.
Some switch on automatically while others you may have to push a button or manually ‘crank.’ You choose your ‘poison’
Last but not least, do not forget matches. Some folks do not keep them because they have small kids and thus want to prevent a disaster situation.
But in Guyana, we’ve always used matches and I can’t ever recall worrying about this dilemma. Instill in your kids the danger of playing with matches or fire if that is a concern.
You know it’s a bummer when you’re chatting with a good friend on Facebook, or you’re about to propose to your sweet heart online (now why would a person resort to such an uncreative or ‘lazy’ means of proposal is beyond me, unless it’s a long distance relationship and you lack creativity – oh well!).
The young lady was typing her reply when suddenly the Internet has gone down before she can push that button.
Now you’re sweating! Was she about to say ‘Yes’ (which you’re hoping and praying for) or was her response a resounding ‘NO!’
Can you imagine the angst of that non-creative person!
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Keeping your computer systems plugged into an Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS will ensure stability and a precious few extra minutes of Internet access.
These vary in prices so you may want to do your research and find one that meets your needs.
Last but not least, do not forget light matches. Some folks do not keep them because they have small kids and thus want to prevent a disaster situation.
But in Guyana, we’ve always used matches and I can’t ever recall worrying about this dilemma.
Instill in your kids the danger of playing with matches or fire if that is a concern.
So, there your have it folks!
Next time you visit Guyana, don't be caught in the dark. Use these emergency power outage lights to brighten up your next vacation plans.