Where do you take your out of date flares?
Do not discard un-serviceable flares in general rubbish collections, landfill, bush or on the water.
Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. Only ignite them when rescuers are in view and can spot your flare.
Your flares must be in date. Flares have a life span of 3 years and must be replaced before they expire. The expiry date is printed on the flare.
It is illegal to keep out of date flares on deck and depending on which state you are in you may incur a fine.
- Keep flares and EPIRBs in good condition and accessible at all times on your boat. You should clearly sign where safety equipment is kept on your boat.
- Make sure you know how to use flares and EPIRBs before you go out on your boat so you’re ready in an emergency.
- Check the expiry dates on safety equipment regularly and replace them before it expires.
It is an offence to set off flares except in an emergency.
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
For more detailed information call 13 12 36.
Sydney - Bayview, Engadine, Rozelle
South - Deniliquin, Eden, Narooma, Nowra, Port Kembla, Shellharbour, Wentworth
Flares should be placed in a heavy plastics bag or spark proof container, before delivery to one of the following police stations that are equipped to receive marine pyrotechnics:
Port Augusta - Port Lincoln - Port Pirie - Whyalla.
Water Police, NT Police,
Albatross Street, Winnellie.
Phone: 8922 0820.