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Flare Disposal Days Are Back

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) are once again teaming up with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.

Have Your Flares Expired?

If your flares have a manufacture date of 2018 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You can’t light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage to dispose of them. Even when they expire they are extremely dangerous and toxic.

Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated marine flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.

Flares are only accepted directly from the recreational boating public. Flares will not be accepted from any companies, organizations, service clubs or municipalities.

This year there are 6 locations on Georgian Bay, including:

*Other Ontario flare exchange locations, including some in the GTA can be found here.

Looking to Upgrade from Traditional Flares?

Transport Canada (TC) recently approved the use of  electronic visual distress signal devices (eVDSD) in lieu of traditional pyrotechnic distress signals (flares) in pleasure crafts longer than six metres.  eVDSDs are more expensive than traditional flares, but they are safer to use, especially for the inexperienced, and they solve the messy disposal problem with traditional flares.

The eVDSD must be certified to the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) standard 13200.0 and must be accompanied by a TC approved smoke signal for daytime alerting. Compliant devices must be labelled with the statement, “Complies with RTCM Standard 13200.0 for an eVDSD”. If a device doesn’t include this statement, it is not an accepted alternative to pyrotechnic distress signals.

Here are two certified units that are available for purchase in Canada:

Read more about the eVDSD regulations here and watch a short video on approved eVDSDs here:



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