Safety alert over used SOS flares

PUBLISHED: 06:59 17 August 2015


Dispose of Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEP) correctly, urge fire chiefs

Fire chiefs are issuing urgent advice to boat owners along the Jurassic Coast about the proper disposal of out-of-date flares.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is alerting sailors to the growing issue of Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEP) being handed in or simply left at local fire stations, which they are not equipped to deal with.

They say pyrotechnic flares are purchased and used by public non-commercial boat owners and have a use by and shelf-life date.

Once this date is reached, 
the flares need to be disposed of carefully as they still contain an explosive hazard.

Fire chiefs say that, in getting rid of old or damaged flares, it is an offence to:

Put them in household rubbish, garden waste or public litter bins.

Dump them at sea; they wash up on our beaches and can still explode.

Leave them anywhere people could find them.

Set them off.

Instead, the fire authority says boat owners should contact any of the following to ensure the TEPs are disposed of safely.

These include:

The place you bought them, if they offer a ‘take back’ scheme.

Some marinas - a small charge may apply.

Some life raft service stations.

Some council recycling centres.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service insists 
it does not accept or dispose of flares or other pyrotechnic devices at any of its fire stations.

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