Hampshire flare amnesty offers a chance to learn about water safety

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ANYONE who needs to dispose of out-of-date flares can take advantage of an amnesty day early next month.

The Time Expired Pyrotechnics session will be held in Shore Road car Park, Warsash, on Saturday, October 8, from 10am to 3pm.

It is being organised by the Hampshire River Hamble Harbour Authority and Ramora UK.

It will offer people the chance to safely dispose of out-of-date flares at a cost of £1 per flare.

The event is open to all, including commercial operators, and there is no limit to the number of flares which can be handed in.

But those with more than 20 are requested to contact the Harbour Office to book an appointment.

There will also be the opportunity to buy replacement flares from Force 4 Chandlery, and to discuss sea safety and security concerns with Emergency Services representatives, who will be at the amnesty.

Chairman of the River Hamble Harbour Board, Councillor Keith Evans, said: ‘Out of date flares are potentially hazardous and should be properly disposed of as soon as possible. This will be the perfect opportunity for people to dispose of them safely, and a chance to seek expert advice on safety. We hope that as many people as possible will support this new initiative.’

David Welch, managing director of Ramora UK, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to put our expertise to use in providing a solution for a growing problem within the boating community.’