Distress signals and flares must be used with safety precautions :
- Wear protection gloves before you pull the ignition system
- Never point a distress flare at a person
- Hold the flare downwind at arm's length above the water
- Do not look at the burning flare, turn your head
- When burning is over, put it in a bucket of water to cool down. Keep it on board until you bring it back to a bespoke collection station.
- Never use a flare that has past its expiry date.