Asleep at the wheel
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Re: Flares on the bay ?
You're probably right, the owners aren't using the flares, so they sit. In the back of their minds, they know they have flares, and don't even think to check for an expiration date because they "know" they have the flares.
You make a good point - technology does tend to render certain things obsolete (Loran, for example). But I'm not sure flares are one of them. A handheld flare can be the only way you're seen at night (batteries die), and an airborne flare is certainly a good way of getting attention and showing rescuers your approximate location.
I have a bunch of expired flares. I'd love to try them out so I'm familiar with how they work (or how to work them), but I'm afraid of launching a search and rescue operation. Is there a place/way to test them/play with them? If not, how do you properly dispose of them?
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