What does it mean to “black out the lights”?
Blacking out windows during war, or in preparation for an expected war, is a common practice to avoid detection by enemy forces. Applied during a Zombie outbreak, blacking out windows can help reduce detection by outside forces such as: Zombies, other survivors, and bandits, giving you the added protection of anonymity. Your goal is to eliminate any light escaping from your shelter to the outdoors. Covering 100% of a window’s surface leaves no way to see what is happening outside, so we recommend using a removable flap of plastic or fabric as a peephole on each window.
Blackout Materials – There are many different materials that can be used when blacking out windows. Look for thick, dark materials that can be removed when and if no longer needed. A few examples that work well are listed below.
- Dark Paints
- Heavy/thick Blankets
- Black Garbage Bags
- Duct Tape
How to Black out Your Windows:
For a temporary solution you can simply turn your lights off. For a longer, more reliable solution that allows the use of lights at night, paint, tar, hang thick blankets, tape garbage bags, or simply tape over windows and seams leading to the outside. There are many “blackout curtains” available commercially that do a fair job and allow for easy removal when and if no longer needed.
Most importantly, be thorough and check your work.