Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

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Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by Close_enough » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:32 pm

A quick lessons learned from taking multiple preschoolers Trick or Treating last night. Also, applicable to the need to move small kids after dark in an emergency (i.e. evacuation).

DD (Dear Daughter) being afraid of the dark, got a Fenix E01 on a lanyard around her neck, and a coin cell (3xLR44 best guess) LED bracelet on her wrist. The bouncing splash on the ground from the Fenix was more visible then the swinging LED bracelet, and it was called into service to inspect the contents of the her Halloween bag.

DS (her twin brother) got just the bracelet, and after several mild, by his standards, faceplants, got a Minimag on a lanyard. No more faceplants after he learned to keep it out of his treats bag.

BFF1 (best friend #1) got a bracelet and a chemical light stick on a neck lanyard. Very visible from the front. Not so much from the rear.

BFF2 (other best friend) had a light stick in her goodies bag. The gently glowing bag was surprisingly visible.

All the adults had pen lights. Mostly Minimags with aftermarket LED modules of various intensity.

Lessons learned:
1) A pocket light hanging from a neck is a good solution for the little ones. Usual caveats about break away buckles on the lanyard.
2) Area beats intensity for visibility in a visually busy situation.

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by Stercutus » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:48 pm

We used to use two different colored chem light paired together. Get the kids in a crowd and they are easy to spot.
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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by .milFox » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:08 pm

We used a blinking coin cell wrist wrap and a LED wand for them to carry.

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by Chicago Zombie » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:13 pm

For Halloween this year we gave away glow bracelets to kids & parents to help make them more visible to each other & to cars. Of course, we also gave away candy. ....& for parents we had mini First Aid kits.
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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by quazi » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:48 pm

Chicago Zombie wrote: ....& for parents we had mini First Aid kits.
That's not a bad idea. A few years ago I had to go out and sand my driveway because trick or treaters kept wiping out.

Off-topic-ish:
That same Halloween I was walking home and a police car pulled up along side me with the window down and the police officer says something.

I pull my earbuds out.
Me: "Sorry, what was that?"
Policeman: "You, uh.. you want a glow stick?"

I'm standing there in the daylight, a grown man with a beard already wearing a reflective safety vest. My brain immediately goes:
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I stare into his mirrored shades for a second.
Me: "Uhhhhmmm...no thanks?"
Police officer:"Oh... uh... okay."

He drives off, and I breathe a sigh of relief having barely escaped prison. :clownshoes:

(I know of course that it wasn't any sort of trap, my brain just usually jumps straight to paranoia. Maybe that's why I hang out on a zombie preparedness forum.)

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by SRO1911 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:43 pm

Used up some severely expired (05/2007) cyalume sticks. Kids got white 30m high intensity on safety pins front and 2hr reds on rears. Despite age and very poor storage conditions (last 1.5-2 yrs behing the seat of my truck, in Texas) the lights were surprisingly bright and still useful for spotting 4 hrs in.

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by turbo6 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:49 pm

Fenix CL05 was used for the kid.

Can't miss green strobe.

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by Close_enough » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:47 pm

turbo6 wrote:Fenix CL05 was used for the kid.

Can't miss green strobe.
That's a nice little marker/ tent light. A green or bluegreen strobe us going to be impossible to miss in the dark.

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Re: Child illumination (tested on Halloween)

Post by turbo6 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:59 pm

Close_enough wrote:
turbo6 wrote:Fenix CL05 was used for the kid.

Can't miss green strobe.
That's a nice little marker/ tent light. A green or bluegreen strobe us going to be impossible to miss in the dark.
Yeah I won it last Spring. It's not bad. My wife keeps in on her keys. It's basically a mini lantern - soft, even light for up close use, no real throw to it.

With the red and green modes it makes for a good marker light for hiking and whatnot. We even used in our pumpkin this year, pretty good run times.

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