Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline.
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The safe disposal of out-of-date flares is essential to avoid any injury from unintended or deliberate ignition in a non-emergency situation.
RMS will set up collection points in the Shoalhaven throughout January for people to dispose and replace flares.
Flares are being collected on the following days;
Marine Rescue NSW base, Ulladulla, Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 8am - 12pm
Sussex Inlet Boat Ramp, Sussex Inlet, Sunday January 14, 2018 from 2pm - 6pm
Huskisson Ferry Wharf, Huskisson, Friday January, 19, 2018 from 2pm - 6pm
Kiama Harbour Boat Ramp, Kiama Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2pm - 6pm
Compleat Angler, South Nowra Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 8am - 12pm
Generally, a minimum of two red hand flares and two orange smoke flares are required on all vessels operating in open waters.
Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Penalties apply for not replacing or renewing flares.
It is an offence to set off flares, except in an emergency.
For more detailed information call Roads and Maritime on 13 12 36.
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