Know anyone besides police who actually carry incendiary emergency flares?Â Those fearsome flamers have one common use: diverting motorists from your misfortune. I always felt that carrying and deploying the flares is a jobÂ for police and fire service: until this mind-changing design arrived "on the scene". TreeHuggers may appreciate the alternative of FlareAlert(TM) (http://www.flarealert.com/
), a battery-operated, 12-LED, electronic safety flare for the car and more.Feature list from FlareAlert press release:
crush-resistant for road deployment
built-in magnetic base, to mount on car trunk, mailbox, roof, etc
non-toxic (no more perchlorates or magnesium)
cool: won't ignite gas fumes
One FlareAlert will burn as long as 80 incendiary flares before needing new batteries. cost to operate = 3 cents per hour, compared to incendiary flares' average cost of four dollars per hour.
FlareAlert is advertised in red version now.Â Blue, green, yellow and white versions are supposed to be available later this year.
Now about the more part. Â Ever have a visitor try to find your house on a darkened street, only to find yourself directing their every move by cell phone. One of these on the mailbox will do nicely.Â I especially like the double duty aspect.Â Keeping this in the glove compartment makes for an emergency flashlight if someone drops a key for example.
by: John Laumer