We contacted the Fire department and the Coast Guard and held a test-firing session at our club for out of date flares. The sailors were grateful for the experience of actually setting them off. The Coast Guard was grateful for the opportunity to provide a safety lesson and some PR
, and the fire deparment was glad not to have to gather them up to dispose of them. Everyone liked it so much, we think we'll do it again next season.
P.S. Why is there a fine in Holland and France for carrying out of date flares? Why not just show them the current ones in that case? Would they fine you for non-solas approved lifejackets if you had enough approved ones? It doesn't make any sense.