When the rains come on down, do your candles light on up?

@AmbiePam (51159)
United States
October 14, 2007 10:34pm CST
A few counties away there is a tornado warning. Currently it is raining a whole lot, complete with lightning and thunder. I didn't think too much of it, because thunderstorms are common and I was kind of distracted tonight anyway. Well, an hour ago the power went out. It came back on quickly, but I figured I better light some candles in case it happened again. Of course I had my high powered flashlight, but it helps to have other lights around, as well as a faint light on when the flashlight is shut off to preserve the batteries. So I just wondered, at what point do you get the candles out and light them up in case of a power outage? I assume a lot of you have flashlights, but do you use candles too? Or are you perfectly fine with roaming around in pitch black with nothing but a flash of lightning to light your way? : )
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Just like you.....I have the flashlight handy then light the candles. I like to preserve the power in my flashlight for climbing stairs etc.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
And it would be just our luck to trip because our phones would be out of order due to the outage, so we'd lie there and say, "I've fallen, and I can't get up!"
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Isn't that the truth! LOL :)
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I have one of those little LED lights on my key chain, it puts out a lot of light for such a tiny little thing, but its blue. If the power is off for a while I'll get out a candle, but mostly I just go to bed.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Have you ever gone to bed, and after you were asleep the power went out, which resulted in your alarm clock not going off? I had that happen in college before. And big surprise my professor didn't believe me. : )
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Well, the silence tends to wake me since I have fans & stuff going to "white noise" in my bedroom. Besides, these days I use my cell phone for my alarm clock because the cats were too much help with a regular clock!
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@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
15 Oct 07
well, i have three children....so, i always have candles around the house and light them when a storm comes. to me, it's not really a big deal whether i have light or not, but my children do not like the pitch black. i light them as soon as a storm starts for them just in case
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That's a good and reassuring idea. I was terrified of the dark when I was a child. It didn't help that my dad loved to come up behind me and scare me. LOL
• United States
17 Oct 07
When the electric goes out, we usually have a flash light on hand, but i light candles and put them around the room to save battery power for the light. Ive also got a small kerosene lamp for backup as well. Now if it was cold out and we lost power and got cold, we could start the fire place and that would also light up the room.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
17 Oct 07
It's a good thing I don't have a fireplace. If anyone could burn down a home with a fireplace, it would be me. : )
@maribea (2366)
• Italy
15 Oct 07
My dear friend I am one of those people who love candles and therefore, when there is a problem with electricity I am the one who starts looking for candles and who starts lighting up all the candles I have in my home. When I have time, for example, I love preparing myself a good dinner, then I choose my favourite table dressing (an antique linen with embroidered flowers), and I light my perfumed candles and I have dinner enjoying candlelight. Of course I prefer electricity because of practical reasons and because it gives us light of best quality...but candles are so poetic..and I am such a romantic girl after all!!!
@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
17 Oct 07
You certainly are a romantic girl. : ) That's a good way to live life. : )
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Hi ambiePam, I love candles anyways and always have them around, so I do both like you. I light candles where someone is going to be for a while, and for going to a room for a short time, we use the flashlight. I love it when the lights go out, because I do love candles..lol
@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
You gave me a good idea. I should try using candles even when there is no power outage. Sure it would save elecricity, but more than that, it would really set a relaxing mood. Of course I'd light enough so I wouldn't trip on my dog. : )
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
Yes, candles is what we mostly rely on whenever lights suddenly turn off. Some use gas (kerosene) lamps, others rechargeable lamps and some can afford generators. But for common homes, we only use candles and flashlights!;) We also try to be aware as possible, because candles lights that were left lit and ungarded are the main cause of fires.
@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
True. I am conscious of that every time I light a flame. Thank you for the reminder.
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I usually have a candle burning everyday anyway because I love candles, but when the power goes out we use a lantern that my son has for camping. It works great and is easy to carry around. I hope the storm ends soon.:)
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I like having a candle burning anyway as well. Lately though my nose is more senstive to what scents I purchase. Things like lavendar and fresh linen seem to cause me less irritated eyes.
• United States
18 Oct 07
I can't recall ever having my power go out while I was home/awake. I know it's happened before from the blinking clocks. but I've never been around for it to need to light any candles. I don't think I even have candles other than tea light candles for my oil warmer...
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
17 Oct 07
We usually use a gas powered generator now to run our electric if the power goes out. Before we had it, I used to use candles. I have those holders for candles on my living room and hallway walls, and also in my bedroom. I would also light some little tea candles. I have a camping lantern that runs on batteries, but I don't like the light from it, it seems too harsh.
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@michecu (637)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
When it is really raining very hard and there are strong winds and lightning, we always anticipate a blackout since this bad weather may topple down trees over power lines. So we always have a candle handy during these times and an emergency flashlight too.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
16 Oct 07
We almost never have these warnings. We don't get tornadoes, although on rare occassions we get violent storms. There is a reasonable chance that we will oloose powrr in these storms, so I always have candles & torches ready. I put the candles in a jar, away from flammable materials. We have to turn off the computer & TV as well.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I have a lot of candles, since I love them I would have at home all the time at leas 4 of them plus those small tea lights.But on the other hand I don't have a flash light.I don't know really why , probably beucase we have them overseas and when we were moving we had to trow away a lot of stuff and we didn't buy a new one yet, since we are here.
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I'll light candles in a black out, and I'll speak with great chagrin about all the flashlight I had intended to buy.I was blind for almost a year before corrective surgery, so, I cannot stand not having a light source of some kind, dreges up a lot of discomfort, if it's night, then yay, it's dark, but if I have the option in the evening not to be in the dark, I take it,lol.
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@GardenGerty (115095)
• United States
15 Oct 07
When I moved to Kansas my grandmother gave me some antique oil lamps. She said she figured that in a big old house I might need them often. I have not lit them in ages. Actually one needs repair. I bought this house, and found one under the sink. We do have candles, but for the most part the power outages seem to occur in the middle of the night. Just enough to mess up all of the clocks and alarms. We have also, for fun, bought wicks to add to decorative jars. We filled them with citronella oil and use them on the porch. I am going to decorate them, I think. The wicks are fiber glass and never burn away. They are in a little glass tube or stopper. I found those at Hobby Lobby in the candle area. I like candles, and my daughter in law gave me this most awesome wrought iron votive holder that has eight cups. My little scented votives give lots of light and smell great.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I tend to get candles ready whenever there is lightning really bad. Don't necessarily light them until the lights start flickering. I probably need to get a new flash light just for these moments.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Hi Ambie! Well I love burning candles anyway and I do that all the time. So Im prepared for anything.LOL I also have a big flashlight but I must get some of those big batteries.LOL Thanks for reminding me!LOL
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
I've actually only had to break the candles out on one occasion, even then I didn't really need to. Power outages are about as common as mud here. If there's lightning it's probably going to go out at least once. Plus on occasion the breaker for my area kind of blows and anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour or two may pass. But anyway, only time I broke out the candles I was in the middle of writing something I had more than a passing interest in finishing. Otherwise I just sleep if it's dark out, if it's light out... well they invented books for just such occasions. Also, I don't own a flashlight, so that options kind of shot. ;p
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@kiobug (2250)
• United States
15 Oct 07
We dont use flashlights and the power hasnt gone out in awhile. We had candles that dont burn out. They are emergency candles. We havent used them yet. I do light tea light candles in my room a lot. I also like to have faint light without having an actual light on.
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