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Old 29 April 2005, 08:49   #1
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Donít buy all your flares at the same time Ďcos if you do they all go out of date at the same time Buy some new and some almost out of date so next year you only have to replace half your stock Des
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Old 29 April 2005, 09:12   #2
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Good one...........

..........however I do feel I'm beeing pushed into purchasing new when in fact flares I've had for over 14 years still worked perfectly well when I let them off on Nov 5th.
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..........however I do feel I'm beeing pushed into purchasing new when in fact flares I've had for over 14 years still worked perfectly well when I let them off on Nov 5th.
Donít I know it what I do is print new date labels which is much cheaper But now Iíve told you that Iíve spoilt my tip for tomorrow Des
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I think most so called sell by dates are a joke - even on some foods and drugs.

Surely the more flares the better - obviously you need the correct amount of in date ones but I would have thought a back up supply of out of date flares would always come in handy!!!
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I would have thought a back up supply of out of date flares would always come in handy!!!
Yes. I wonder though... are out of date flares safe? What's likely to happen if you try to set one off... could it just fail to ignite, or is there a potential danger?

Any pyrotechnic experts on the forum?
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Out of date flares should be safe. I believe the dates are there mainly due to the flares loosing their colour/brightness/burn length over time - hence they fall below specs.

I keep all my old flares Ė the more the better Ė the recommended number of flares seems a joke to me. I carry at least 6 parachutes, 2 smokes, 4 red/2 white handhelds.
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