Originally Posted by mdearman
but an out of date flare may be better than no flare (but acquiring a new one is clearly the only "safe" choice).
No you are wrong, especially for a newbie. Because someone has a flare, they dont think they need to buy another one, so they dont.
2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months etc later they need to use it in a life threatening situation and all they get is a damp pop and a fizzle.
Flares have dates for a reason, you could make an argument for carrying out of date flares as extra's to your standard in date kit *, bit not instead of it.
As for a business giving an out of date flare to a customer, I cant believe how stupid that is. How would you feel if Tesco gave you an out of date chicken or a car dealer gave you an out of date MOT on a car ? Quite apart from the possible life altering possibilities, imagine the liability issues for the business if it all goes wrong.
*I wouldnt use out of date flares because I have seen how much damage a faulty one can do to a person.