With summer upon us, it’s the best time of year to be out on the water. Boat owners should be aware of the strict Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) regulations to carry flares on board and that these flares must be replaced before their expiry date.
• Do you know how to safely dispose of flares?
• Have you considered where contents of a rubbish bin go; and what happens if explosives start a fire in a landfill?
Flares should not be disposed of with general waste. They cause a significant fire hazard when placed in any waste bin, or at your local landfill or transfer station.
Flares need to be disposed of safely at a nominated collection point to avoid unnecessary fire hazards and explosions within collection vehicles and at waste facilities.
Most flares have a use-by-date of three years, and penalties apply if they are not replaced before this. It is the responsibility of marine flare owners to dispose of expired flares in a safe and timely manner.
For more information on the schedule and collection locations across NSW, please visit the RMS website on www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/safety-equipment/flare-disposal.html or call 13 12 36.