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Old 13 June 2013, 20:38   #1
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out of date??

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...
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Old 13 June 2013, 20:47   #2
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Chances are they would be fine, but do you really want to have to wait until you need them to find out if they actually are fine?

I know what my answer to that question would be....
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It's the same with life jackets, I'm sure they have a date for a reason - I guess an out of date flare is better than no flare at all.
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Old 14 June 2013, 04:50   #4
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Try one out and sea if it works, fire into a pond on something
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We set off a number of out of date flares on the sea survival course earlier this year. The failure rate was quite high. I had three 'duds' before picking a flare that worked ok, all that looked fine, from sealed packs (but beyond their best before date).

That said, the lesson it taught me was that you don't want to be firing off a fierce fire stick on a small boat with people nearby, vulnerable tubes, a tank of petrol, etc unless you really really need to. Things could easily go from bad to worse very quickly.
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Try one out and sea if it works, fire into a pond on something
Don't even joke about it. You're more than likely going to get hurt doing something like that.
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Don't even joke about it. You're more than likely going to get hurt doing something like that.

Remember some of our neighbours who
thought it would be ok to set off a couple of orange smoke float flares on his fairly large garden pond one misty evening ,
All went well until the next morning when he discovered his pond covered in a tarry orange mess & everyone else's lawns & gardens down wind were covered in an orange fall out including cats & dogs that were dyed orange for weeks on end .
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Remember some of our neighbours who
thought it would be ok to set off a couple of orange smoke float flares on his fairly large garden pond one misty evening ,
All went well until the next morning when he discovered his pond covered in a tarry orange mess & everyone else's lawns & gardens down wind were covered in an orange fall out including cats & dogs that were dyed orange for weeks on end .
but he did look cute though...
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Don't even joke about it. You're more than likely going to get hurt doing something like that.
HUGE +1
There's a very good chance a rocket could ricochet and well.......imagine
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but he did look cute though...
Good picture of whisper...
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