If you are in a remote location where your voice would go unnoticed, use your flashlight to signal for help.
If you are caught in an emergency situation in the wilderness and find yourself without a radio, your flashlight quickly becomes your best friend. For centuries, human beings have communicated at long distances by signaling each other with smoke, fire and light. Universal emergency signals are used throughout the world, many of which are created with your flashlight. To call for help or to warn others of a potential danger, use your flashlight to signal your message.
Distress Signal – Save Our Souls (SOS)
1. Turn your flash light on and immediately turn it off, to create a short burst of light. Repeat this three times in a row. The international symbol for “S” in the SOS signal is three short bursts of light.
2. Turn your flash light on and leave it lit for one to two seconds. Turn your flash light off. Repeat this three times in a row. The international symbol for “O” in the SOS signal is three long bursts of light.
3. Turn your flash light on and immediately turn it off. Repeat this three times in a row.
4. Repeat this entire process, signaling “SOS” over and over again to call for help using your flashlight.
5. Turn on your flashlight.
6. Point your flashlight toward the sky, holding it high above your head.
7. Wave the flashlight back and forth to signal a warning to those around you. Use this signal when you spot a potential danger such as a wild animal, steep cliff or unsafe terrain.
8. Turn on your flashlight.
9. Point your flashlight toward the ground, holding the flashlight by your side.
10. Draw a circle on the ground using the light emitted by your flashlight as a pen. Use this signal to inform those around you that everything is okay.