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Expired emergency flares.

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I recently replaced my expired day/night emergency flares.  I contacted the regional USCG office and my local FD and neither will accept the expired flares for disposal.  I'd just torch them in my backyard some day but I doubt the neighbors will appreciate the plumes of orange smoke wafting through their yards (OK, maybe their kids will).  Anybody found a place that will accept expired flares for disposal?

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I tried years ago to get rid of some expired ones. Nobody would take them. Now I keep some expired ones on board just in case and use the rest to start campfires.

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I will take any flares you guys want to get rid of.  I use them to start camp fires. I can pick them up if you do not want them anymore. 

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Don't put them in the trash no matter how much you soak them, there's always a chance of something in the trash reacting with them and starting a fire. They can be used to start camp fires or I also keep some expired ones on the boat, hope I never bed them but just incase. 

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4 hours ago, Firechief48 said:

Don't put them in the trash no matter how much you soak them, there's always a chance of something in the trash reacting with them and starting a fire. They can be used to start camp fires or I also keep some expired ones on the boat, hope I never bed them but just incase. 

I got sh*t from the sheriffs boat for having expired flares on my boat.  I had a case of new ones and the expired ones as back ups. 

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Gambler what was their reason as long as you had current required equipment?

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I keep expired flares aboard if i ever needed to use them i use those first plus it cant heart to have extra when you are in a time of need .

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They told me no problem and why not have them as spares.

I got sh*t from the sheriffs boat for having expired flares on my boat.  I had a case of new ones and the expired ones as back ups. 


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Gambler took them off my hands, thanks Gambler! But I still have a question: if the USCG requires you to swap these out every 42 months why don't they offer a safe disposal program? 

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Probably not in their budget or job description. Appears to be a Hazmat issue. There should be a Hazmat office around somewhere.

Gambler took them off my hands, thanks Gambler! But I still have a question: if the USCG requires you to swap these out every 42 months why don't they offer a safe disposal program? 


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Keep them on the boat. You need current ones to be legal but the old ones are still good for some time. I always carry extras for that just in case day I hope never comes. I would rather have extras on board and not need them than need them but not have them.

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Same problem here. I have like 3 packs of expireds and have no clue what to do with them. Nobody seems to know what the right thing to do is.

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The EcoPark in Monroe County will NOT accept flares, but recommends calling the Sheriff or your local police agency.  The Police are using flares a lot and maybe can put them to good use. 

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