Do you have expired marine flares on your boat or in your home? Do you know someone who does?
You can safely dispose of expired flares at the Expired Marine Flare Collection event in Harpswell, this Saturday!
What: Expired Marine Flare Collection
Where: Harpswell Town Offices, 263 Mountain Road, Harpswell, Maine
When: Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Who: Free and open to everyone
Marine flares are pyrotechnic devices that boaters can use as a distress signal in emergencies. They burn at high temperatures, posing a serious fire hazard for long-term storage. Flares also contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate water and soil. Due to these hazardous qualities, it is illegal to throw flares in the trash. For the same reasons it is not recommended to store expired flares at home.
If you have expired marine flares, you can bring them to Harpswell’s collection event. The collection service is free and open to everyone, not just Harpswell residents.
At the event, the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office will collect expired flares for safe disposal. If you are unable to attend the collection event, you can call the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office to arrange for your expired flares to be picked-up. The Fire Marshall can be reached at (207) 626-3870.
Friends of Casco Bay is a proud sponsor of this event. We are grateful to the Harpswell Harbormaster, Harpswell Department of Safety and Emergency Services, and the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office for helping to protect Casco Bay!