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Old 14 June 2013, 08:38   #11
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personally when ive bought new flares ive kept the old ones on board too as extras - try those first if needed.
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Old 14 June 2013, 08:40   #12
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Hi....iv been given a container with various flares...they are dated best use by 2009.....what's the score here?? Will it be ok to take them in the boat? They are dry with no water ingress...
Keep them on the boat but make sure you have the correct number of in date ones as well. Lets hope that none of ever need to use them but if it hits the fan and only one of the out of date ones work it could make all the difference.

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Old 14 June 2013, 08:43   #13
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Good picture of whisper...
Lol I hav got some Orange flares maybe we should give him a top up
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they "MAY" be ok, but are you willing to risk your life on them working ??

Its your call !!
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Old 14 June 2013, 16:50   #15
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There's no guarantee that the failure mode for an expired or damaged flare is that it simply does nothing. A hand flare may fall apart as it burns, dropping burning chemicals onto you and your boat; or a rocket flare propellant may explode rather than undergo a controlled burn.


It is not recommended to keep or use expired flares. They should be turned in at a disposal site.
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Maybe we should start up the laser flare debate again. They look like the way forward to me
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There well out of date so ill leave them alone I guess...with all the kit I'll be shocked if my sib will pull up onto the plane
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Out of date flares can either fail or work in a far more energetic state than you would be comfortable with.

This is a result of the active ingredients either separating or any liquid component gathering in the lowest point, talking in general terms here.

One thing to do with any flare type object is to rotate on a monthly basis so no settling can occur, might be semi annually for flares not 100% sure as it has been 20 years since I had to remember this kind of junk

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personally when ive bought new flares ive kept the old ones on board too as extras - try those first if needed.
If things have got bad enough that I need a flare rather than VHF I'm popping off my in-date ones first. If I'm still alive and still desperate I might pop to out of dates off.

There will be some form of cushion in the date setting... they clearly wont switch off the day they expire. But 4 years is more than twice the original life of most...
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I've got a Muller Corner that's 3 days out of date in the fridge.....wouldn't touch that with a barge pole....

...let alone something that's years out of date and I may need to rely on saving my life one day..?




That reminds me, must get the wife to throw that out soon..
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