Coastguard Queenstown is collecting old flares from boat
owners to dispose of them safely, part of a South Island-wide
Coastguard southern region manager Cheryl Moffat said
out-of-date or time-expired flares could be dangerous and
should not be used.
Given flares were ''pyrotechnic devices'', they should not be
burnt or put into the rubbish.
If they ignited they could cause fires, while parachute
flares fired horizontally could cause potentially fatal
injuries or burns.
''Definitely don't throw them overboard, as flares will cause
pollution,'' Ms Moffat said.
If boat users were in doubt about the expiry date of flares,
or if the flares had ''seen better days'' they should
consider disposing of them, Ms Moffat said.
''When you need to use them, you want to be sure that they
Flares were one of three communication devices Coastguard
urged boat users, kayakers and other water users to take with
them - a VHF radio and cellphone in a waterproof bag were
Residents in the Queenstown-Lakes district can contact
Coastguard Queenstown's Andy Tucker on 021-234-9768 to
arrange for old flares to be dropped off by August 16.