Flare flags con­cern

South Western Times - - News -

The Capel Shire Coun­cil re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the im­proper use of an In­can­des­cent Parachute Flare last week.

The coun­cil warned res­i­dents the im­proper use of dis­tress flares can cause un­nec­es­sary con­cern and ac­ti­va­tion of vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices and could po­ten­tially start bush fires.

When flares pass their use by date, they can only be dis­posed of by au­tho­rised agen­cies.

In the Capel re­gion, the near­est con­tact points are the Depart­ment of Trans­port (9792 6607) or Bus­sel­ton Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (9754 7777).

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple im­prop­erly us­ing flares has been urged to con­tact Ranger Ser­vices on 9727 0222.

Boat own­ers were re­minded to en­sure their flares are cor­rectly and se­curely stored to avoid be­ing stolen from their ves­sels.

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