CPS, CIL Orion and Transport Canada Organize Expired Flare Disposal Initiative

CIL Orion and Transport Canada are funding a pilot project to help boaters safely dispose of expired flares. In support of that initiative, Canadian Power and Sail Squardrons (CPS-ECP) is organizing an educational aspect for the program.

Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across Canada. To help people dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, CPS-ECP and selected CIL dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, the public is being offered the opportunity to learn about required boating safety equipment as well as provided an opportunity to dispose of outdated flares, free of charge.

Notify your customers that if they have flares with a manufacture date of 2010 or earlier, they have or will expire this year. Boaters are being advised not to light them or dispose of them in the water or household garbage.

The following locations will host safety equipment days and accept expired flares on the dates noted below.

Rigging Shoppe
44 Midwest Road
May 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT)
May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT)
Nova Scotia    
The Binnacle
15 Purcells Cove Rd.
June 7 from 9am to 5pm (ADT)
Addition locations and dates are to be announced.
In accordance with Transport Canada requirements, flares are approved for four years from the date of manufacture. Typically, this means that you need to replace your flares every third or fourth boating season.
Dealers and marinas seeking to host a Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Day in 2015 are asked to contact John Gullick at jgullick@cps-ecp.ca