Birthday candles can be used not only as celebration starters, but as lifesaving illumination products.
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While typically used to celebrate, during a crisis, birthday candles can be very useful for illumination or even signaling, because an open flame can be seen by the naked eye up to a mile away. Once lit and secured to a base using its own melted wax, a single birthday candle can provide a small area with approximately eight minutes of enough light to read a map, prepare a meal or tend a wound. A full box of candles is easily transported, and if placed in a plastic bag or sealed pill box, these candles will remain dry until needed.

Disaster preparedness efforts should satisfy one or all of the basic needs for survival, which are water, food, health and security. Pre-positioning some everyday items found in most homes can be very useful in a crisis situation.

Everything from dental floss to dryer sheets can serve as lifesaving items during an emergency. Learn how to put them to good use. Here are 10 survival items that are probably already in your home and can be added to your emergency supplies to help keep a family or group safe, fed and dry.

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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