Mailport December 2013 Issue

Mailport: December 2013

Laser Flares

Your September 2013 article on laser flares made the point that pyrotechnic distress signals present their own dangers, and suggested that the new—and expensive—laser flares may one day be a safer alternative. But you failed to mention that pyrotechnics are optional today. Non-pyrotechnic emergency signals have been permitted for several years by the Coast Guard, and are much cheaper than a $220 laser flare. In addition to various visual daytime emergency signals, automatic electric S-O-S signaling lights for night use are approved, can be purchased for less than $50, and don’t come with an expiration date. One may argue that a chemical flare has its place, but it certainly isn’t the only option.

Bill Spencer
Lionheart, 1986 Nonsuch 30
Hyde Park, N.Y

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Rescue Laser Flares have been on the market since 2001 offering a safe alternative to pyrotechnic emergency signaling device. The Rescue Laser Light is available for only $99 and offers 40 hours of signaling before replacing the battery and includes a limited lifetime warranty. See to view all three models - all of which are under $200!

Posted by: Greatland Laser | January 17, 2014 2:13 PM    Report this comment

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