Are Your Flares Expired?
If your flares have a manufacture date of 2010 or earlier they have or will expire this year.
You can't light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage. This has been an ongoing problem for boaters.
We have just received a notice from the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons that something is being done in Canada to help boaters dispose of their expired flares.
On May 15, 2014 – under Boating Safety Contribution Programme (BSCP) the Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt announced funding for a Safety Equipment Education and Pyrotechnic Flare Disposal for Recreational Boaters. The purpose of this pilot project is to educate boaters on boating safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.
Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.
There are only a few places set up so far, but not doubt there will be more in future.
You can read more on their website at https://www.cps-ecp.ca/public/public.asp?WCE=C=47|K=240853|RefreshT=240864|RefreshS=LeftNav|RefreshD=2408648
Other countries may follow Canada’s lead, so we recommend boaters contact their local Squadrons and/or their governments.
See also Flare Article
Dawsons, May 26, 2014