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BoatUS Foundation Tests Handheld Flares So You Don't Have To
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2009 – Hand held flares are potentially explosive. They can generate searing heat and drip red-hot molten metal. And they can save your life.
However, try practicing with them on the water and you could draw a bunch of unwarranted attention from authorities. That’s why the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently tested a range of handheld signaling devices on the water in both day and night conditions and put the entire video series of real-world tests at BoatUS.com/foundation.
“Everyone has these great safety devices aboard, but it’s a challenge to learn how to use them to improve your chances of a swift rescue,” said BoatUS Foundation Vice President Chris Edmonston. “The videos will also help boaters make the right purchasing decision by showing them what to expect on the water,” he added.
The tests included SOLAS approved handheld flares, USCG approved gun-style flare launchers, parachute and meteor flares, smoke canisters, and pocket rockets as well some non-pyrotechnic visual distress signals such as the newest battery-powered laser signaling devices and distress signal flags.
Accompanying the videos is an online feature article, Foundation Findings #45, Flare Tests Enlightening , which provides an overview of the tests and results.
For more information, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.
About the BoatUS Foundation:
Founded in 1981, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of the 600,000 members of BoatUS. It excels in providing safe, smart and clean boating resources for boat owners nationwide.