12 hour bright sticks are a self-contained, short-term source of light fit for emergency situations. They are a see through plastic tube that contains two substances that when combined create light through a process of chemiluminescence so no external energy source is needed. Basically this is just a chemical reaction that creates lights so it cannot be turned off and can only be used once.
While we might have found memories of playing with â€˜glow sticksâ€™ as a child, these more robust bright sticks are used during police, fire, EMS (emergency medical services) and military operations. Glow sticks are considered safe to use directly after a catastrophic event as they do not need batteries or use a flame.
These bright sticks can be used to light an area over night to prevent trips and falls. They can also be used to marks door and walk-ways for example, helpful in navigating to the bathroom in an emergency shelter. You can similarly mark a campsite to warn of pegs, tie downs, tent corners and latrines.
Glow sticks can be attached by the lanyard to everyone in your group so you can keep track of everyone. This is a good idea if you need to evacuate at night time and want to be able to quickly account for the kids.
Bright sticks can be used to alert first responders to your location. Swing the stick around on its lanyard or attach to some cord to create a circle of moving light which will make it easier for rescuers or emergency staff to find you.
As these are inexpensive and stable, bright sticks should be included in all of your emergency preparations. Put glow sticks in your backpack, car, desk at work and around the home. Keep them with your camping supplies and leave a stock in your evacuation kit.