The days have been steadily growing shorter, but in a few days Daylight Savings Time will abruptly truncate our evening light.
Many will mourn the loss of that hour of light as we drive home from work under the setting sun, but a few groups will cheer the extra illumination during the morning hours.
Runners who prefer mornings will appreciate greater visibility and a little more time to sleep in.
But while the next couple of weeks will be a respite from dark early hours, it’s not time to set aside the headlamp and reflective gear just yet. It will continue to grow darker, earlier, for the next month and a half. And for those who still want to squeeze in an evening run or bike ride, safety becomes even more crucial.
Even with waning daylight hours, you can make the most of alternative energy while on your morning runs. Our Handcrank Head Lamp provides you with 40 minutes of power using three LED lights or 80 minutes of power using one LED light. (This affords plenty of time to squeeze in practice for that 5k before work.)
If you’d rather carry a light, try our Dynamo and Waterproof LED Flashlight. You don’t need batteries or bulbs—simply leave it next to a window and allow it to charge. Crank it up and you’ll have up to 110 minutes of light on your run. It’s also waterproof, which will come in handy on rainy days.
And whether you’re a runner or not, it’s important to be cognizant of safety as the evenings grow darker. One handy tool to give you peace of mind is our Handcrank LED Flashlight Keychain. Having illumination readily available cuts down on time you’d ordinarily have to linger in a parking garage or on a doorstep as you try to find the keyhole.
While Daylight Savings Time can be frustrating for some, it offers an opportunity to enjoy autumn morning light before the winter months set in. There’s no need for darker evenings to stop you—Solarrific will help you harness daylight hours, Daylight Savings Time or not.
Is your teen one of the thousands nationwide taking drivers education courses this year?
As much as parents may want to not think about worst case scenarios, it is sobering to consider that the greatest lifetime chance of crashing occurs in the first six months after licensure, according to the report Accident Analysis and Prevention (September, 2003).
Instilling good habits in young drivers even after they’ve left the classroom (like buckling up and driving the speed limit) should be a high priority. Concerning, however, is research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which reveals that teenagers have the lowest seat belt use of any age group.
Due to lack of experience and external factors, accidents can’t always be avoided. Therefore, as frightening as the possibility may be, parents should prepare teenage drivers for the potential of motor vehicle crashes. This is why it’s also wise to have tools at the ready in case of an emergency, particularly when driving during inclement weather or near water.
For safety purposes, it’s a good idea to outfit each family vehicle with a device that can be used during auto-related emergencies. Ideally, this device should be able to do the following:
- provide a signal light to alert oncoming vehicles and emergency responders
- cut away a seatbelt in the case of a trapped motorist or passenger
- provide a cell phone charge so victims can call for help and notify the authorities
- remain waterproof
- break glass (in the case of vehicle submersion)
- work without the batteries or light bulb needing to be replaced
Solarrific’s ergonomically designed 5-in-1 Handcrank Auto Emergency Flashlight offers these and other features that make it an essential safety item for every car and truck.
When driving, don’t leave your family’s safety up to chance. Visit Solarrific.com to learn more about this product and for an operational demonstration.
Last month, we reflected on Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary and shared the 12 Must-Haves for Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit via the Solarrific blog. Well, just yesterday, Fast Company posed a question via Twitter that’s similarly worth pondering:
In the article, several serious issues are discussed, including our ever-growing reliance on the power grid, and why cultivating a “culture of resilience” is so important. We think it’s worth a read, and we also recommend viewing the slideshow of sobering images depicting the storm’s aftermath.
On a smaller scale, are you and your family prepared for a natural disaster? In case you missed our hurricane preparedness post, here again are the items everyone should have in their basic Disaster Supplies Kit, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We also include helpful links to several solar- and dynamo-powered products to get your kit started:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- A minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle (used to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air), plastic sheeting, and duct tape (to build a shelter if necessary)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
What else do you keep in your disaster preparedness kit? Share your suggestions in the comments below.
The school year is upon us, and that means increased traffic in school zones—pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. But just how safe are your children these days when walking and bicycling to and from campus?
Recently, Debra Atlas of Envirothink addressed this issue in her blog post Stay Safe and Be Seen with the Solar Bike Light. For her write-up, she interviewed Grace King, president and founder of Solarrific. They discussed both the innovative solar bike light kit and the company’s grander mission: to educate consumers and make renewable energy products more accessible.
Want to know what makes the solar bike light a must-have tool for back-to-school?
- It can be used for kids and adult bicycles, scooters, and wheelchairs.
- The detachable front light can also be used as a flashlight.
- It is easy to install (watch the product demo).
The product is solar-powered (no additional batteries required) and waterproof, perfect for environmentally conscious cyclists.
You can find the solar bike light kit at Amazon and Solarrific.com.