Date: 12 August 2020. New Flares.
In the 2014 vignette
Flares Expire (my solution)
I described my method of keeping track of my flares. In the
intervening years I have changed that system and made it simpler.
Today I'll cover that in this brief update.
Last month my flares expired. I bought a new set at Walmart for $20.
The flares are kept under lock and key. They are found in the sporting goods
section of that store near the fishing lures.
It is important to buy
flares in a place where there is a large turnover of product. The
expiration date is approximately 3-years away so you will want a
store that sells a lot of the item. That way your "throw away" date
is far into the future. Though you can purchase online, I would only
do so at a marine store such as
Regarding online purchases of items
Sil-Pruf online. When mine arrived I was disappointed to
discover the expiration date was just a couple months away.
Thus I will not buy a time-limited item unless I can be
assured the product will be good for at least a year.
Sil-Pruf is a sealant
that expands and contracts. I used it with my solar panel
supports that are bolted through the overhead.
All flares have an expiration date. The Orion brand guarantees they
will function as required for 3 years after the date of manufacture.
That is why I try to get a date a long way into the future. The
latest set of four expires in November 2023.
Though some folks do dispose of
their expired flares, I save mine. They are placed into a bag
My old flares are kept at the bottom of the container, below the
newest batch. They are in a separate labeled bag.
The newest flares are at the top of the orange
Orion container. I keep it just inside the door to the cockpit.
NOV 2023 is taped to the top of the orange
container. The date is clearly visible when
I dust. For me the tag
on the top is sufficient to let me know when to buy more flares.
The current price is $20 at Wal-Mart for a package of four.
My outdated flares are not a
first choice option in an emergency. Having extras available is in
my view a good idea. Honestly though, I don't know that I have ever
shot off a flare gun. I probably should do that at some point.
Perhaps using the old flares, eh?
No doubt there are
laws regarding the use of flares in a non-emergency situation.
Those rules probably start with something along the lines of "don't do it"
... if anyone knows of the procedure to legally test shoot a flare
gun, I would like to know. Thanks!
Thank you for reading.
Have you ever shot off a flare gun?
Is recoil much of an issue?
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