The objective is to talk to boaters about required safety equipment and to collect about 30,000 outdated flares.

Have your flares expired? Don’t know what to do with them? Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons has partnered with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to create a program that helps boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe way. Flares need to be replaced every three to four boating seasons as they expire.

This is a national program delivered in both English and French across Canada in selected locations where CPS has active Squadrons. The purpose of the program is to provide education on required safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use flares when needed. At the same time to raise the recreational boating public awareness of the need to dispose of outdated flares in a timely and safe manner and to offer them an annual opportunity to do so.

Return expired flares to be neutralized properly
Return expired flares to be neutralized properly

Upon return of outdated flares to selected host Squadrons and their partner retailers, the outdated flares are shipped to CIL Orion for neutralization (disposal).

This year, there will be up to thirty locations selected across the country for boaters to dispose of expired flares. In 2014, the program held events in Vancouver, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Windsor, London, Peterborough, two in Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. The objective is to talk to boaters about required safety equipment and to collect about 30,000 outdated flares.

Last year, the work between CPS-ECP Squadrons and the dealers with support from Transport Canada received positive feedback from boaters at all of the events. The good will that was generated was exceptional.

For a date and location near you go to www.cps-ecp.ca and click on Flare Safety Days.

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