As boaters, most of us are aware that having the required flares aboard is kind of like insurance. You have them, but hope never to use them. And I’m sure we have all had to deal with the expired flares and dealt with the dilemma of what to do with them. I always recommend saving the old ones just in case, because they would probably still work, but at some point you are faced with disposal. Now research is showing that the perchlorate used in flares is contaminating our water and is cause for serious health concerns.
Now there is a better way that addresses all of the negatives to traditional pyrotechnic flares. Sirius Signal has developed and released the first ever Coast Guard compliant non-pyrotechnic flare replacement. There are many benefits to this new technology over traditional flares.
First would be the reason we have flares in the first place. If you found yourself adrift at sea, would you prefer to have a signaling device that lasted for hours or three flares that last about a minute each. The Sirius SOS Distress Light uses LED technology to create a signal light that can be seen up to 10-miles away. It can also flash the SOS distress signal and the battery will operate at peak intensity for 6+hours but total illumination can go up to 60 hours. The SOS Distress Light never expires and with the included daytime signal flag, the light satisfies the Coast Guard requirements for signal devices onboard.
I know which one I want onboard if that time comes: the Sirius Signal light!
“Our product not only meets requirements, but exceeds them. We’ve spent a long time testing,” said Anthony Covelli, CEO of Sirius Signal. “It’s a simple numbers game, the SOS Distress Light lasts 400 times longer.”
The second benefit is not as direct, but in a way could be just as life saving in the big picture. It has recently been discovered that perchlorate, a component of traditional pyrotechnic flares, is a serious health hazard and remains stable in the environment for a long time. Flares that are disposed of improperly, which include the household garbage or the water, are contaminating our water supply.
A study done by John Adriany of Chemetrics has shown that of the 30 million flares that will expire in the next 3 years, only 9% of them will be disposed of properly. That is because proper disposal is not as easy as just tossing them in the garbage. Flares can be donated to local Coast Guard Auxiliary chapters or contact your local waste service for instructions on proper disposal or drop-off locations.
“New technology recently allowed us to see [perchlorates] for the very first time,” said Adriany. “We realize that there are trace amounts in almost all of our water. Trace amounts matter, because they affect our health.”
A 2005 study done by the State of Rhode Island revealed that just one improperly disposed of flare can contaminate about 240,000 gallons of water.
“Now that we know the problem, we can do something about it,” said Anthony Covelli, CEO of Sirius Signal. “The SOS Distress Light is a one-time purchase that contains no perchlorates, because it runs off LED light, instead of pyrotechnics. You can use the SOS light by simply turning the on/off dial, activating a light that is visible up to 10 nautical miles for hours” Covelli said.
Sirius Signal SOS Distress Light Features
- Complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” 46 CFR 161.013
- When combined with the included daytime distress signal flag, meets all USCG Federal Requirements for carriage of DAY and NIGHT VDS.
- Designed, engineered, patented, and produced in the USA.
- ONE TIME PURCHASE — no expiry date so no disposal is needed
- Family SAFE
- SIMPLE on/off switch
- Visible up to 10+ nautical miles
- Environmentally safe
This makes the new Sirius Signal SOS Distress Light a winner on both fronts. Boaters have a more dependable and longer-lasting Coast Guard approved signal device and millions of gallons of water will be saved from being contaminated with perchlorate from improper flare disposal.
So check it out and see if you agree that the Sirius Signal SOS Distress Light is the perfect fit for your boating too.