1 Million Pyrotechnic Flares Out of Circulation Due to the Increased Popularity of Sirius Signal’s Electronic Flares
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/24/18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/24/18
San Diego, CA — Sirius Signal, the company that designs and engineers the highly awarded SOS Distress Light Beacon is excited to announce a significant milestone in their effort to provide an environmentally-conscious legal alternative to toxic marine flares.
During the month of September, the team will be celebrating the growing popularity of electronic flares. Specifically, the purchase of electronic flares by recreational boaters has decreased the number of pyrotechnic flares that will require disposal by about 1 million.
“This isn’t a significant number just because of the number of flares people no longer need to buy and find safe disposal for, but because it shows that the SOS Distress Light Beacon is really making strides in reducing the carbon footprint of recreational boaters,” said Anthony Covelli, CEO of Sirius Signal.
Calculating this impact is really just a numbers game.
Each pyrotechnic flare on the market contains an estimated 3.6 grams of perchlorate. While it seems small, this amount can cause up to 2 million gallons of drinking water to exceed acceptable PHG levels at which adverse health effects may occur.
It takes just three pyrotechnic flares (the amount you need to be USCG-compliant for nighttime distress signal devices) to pollute the entire Georgia Aquarium – the biggest aquarium in the United States – at over 6 million gallons.
Boaters now have a choice, buy three single-use pyrotechnic flares or just one non-expiring SOS Distress Light Beacon to be compliant. While pyrotechnic flares have an expiration date, electronic flares do not. There is still the issue of toxic pyrotechnic flare disposal to address.
Pyrotechnic flares are considered both an explosive and hazardous waste, yet there is no single agency or policy that helps boaters properly dispose of their unwanted flares.
This means that flares often sit on a boat well past their expiration date or are thrown into the garbage that ends up in our waters and landfills.
This is a problem that the team at Sirius Signal has been passionate about solving for many years. Our solution is simply to provide superior products that give recreational boat owners a choice when it comes to following USCG visual distress signal regulations. Ultimately, we can have a positive environmental impact on recreational boating.
“Our electronic flares are thoroughly tested to not just meet requirements, but exceed them,” said Covelli. “Quality and keeping our environment safe are two of our utmost concerns — which is why we’re always testing our devices and will continue to keep count of how many pyrotechnic flares we — and our customers — have helped keep out of the water.”
About Sirius Signal LLC
Sirius Signal engineered marine safety products are manufactured and distributed by Weems and Plath in Annapolis MD. To learn more visit us at www.siriussignal.com or call 888.526.0005