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Old 09-07-2014, 07:39 AM
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Please excuse my ignorance, but how are you guys disposing of expired signal flares? I don't feel like I should just toss them in the garbage.
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And there's no "instructions" on the labeling of how to properly dispose of them?
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Mine went in the trash. Not sure it is the right answer, but I was sick of moving them around the garage.
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As a former POTUS said the big question is what does the expiration date mean?
Is it like milk?
Or spam?

Thinking it is more like spam, I put mine with our camping gear. Figure worst case scenario I can cut them up to help start a fire.
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I keep mine in the boat for spares in case of an emergency,just be sure to keep the in date ones available for the marine patrol.
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Mine went in the trash. Not sure it is the right answer, but I was sick of moving them around the garage.
Exactly why I'm asking. I've got kids that get into everything.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:55 AM
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I would safely ignite them while on land. Or as others said save for spares but have current dates on hand.
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Soak them in a five gallon bucket of water for a few days and toss them. Keeping an extra recently expired set on the boat wouldnt hurt. Please do not shoot them anywhere near the water.
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Keep them. The CG will not penalize you for having new plus expired flares. Frankly, it stinks. I have the original flares that were bought when the boat was new in 87. They look almost new. Some might debate whether they would still fire. I'm thinking they're burn just fine. In days of yore, the roadside flares would leak and get gummy after awhile. Marine flares don't suffer from degradation like cheap road flares.
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I put my expired flares in a case in my SUV for use in the rare event that I have a breakdown on the road.
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Sounds like there's no exact answer? For now, I'll jus keep them stowed a away.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:30 AM
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It is ok to keep some expired flares a couple extra years but after a while they start decomposing/falling apart and become dangerous.

Not a lot of volunteering agencies looking to take them off our hands and making it easy to be rid of them, so from that, what really happens to a lot of them not many will talk about. There are pyrotechnics for every boat we see and expiring every 3 years. They just disappear.
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I get rid of mine on either fourth of july or new years eve
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I keep a couple as spares.Ttake the rest to the local fire department as they use them for demonstrations.
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I get rid of mine on either fourth of july or new years eve
Bingo. They are also great for starting bonfires.
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Keep some as spares and if really old the local Fire Department will take them.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
Please do not shoot them anywhere near the water.
Too late
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I save them. Never know when someone needs help with their "Fire Challange".
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Just yesterday I asked the same question to the Coasties that stopped me for a safety check, they suggested the Fire department would take them but if there was an emergency it wouldn't hurt to have extra flares aboard.
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Local Fire Dept. got mine
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