Sponser a Flare – A flare is a type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. The basic form is a tube packed with explosive chemicals that burn very brightly or give off smoke, and is used to attract attention in an emergency. Handheld flares (which operate on the ground) and rocket flares (which are fired into the air) are the two most commonly used as visual distress signals because they can be used for day or night.
The main ingredients of flares include strontium nitrate (which provides the color?it burns with a bright red or orange-red flame), potassium perchlorate or potassium nitrate?(as powerful oxidizer, which makes the strontium burn rapidly), and/or an energetic fuel
such as magnesium (which burns very brightly) or aluminum is added to give the extra energy needed for a fast combustion. Safe Boating requires Visual Distress Signals Boaters must have three flares in order to meet the visual distress signal requirement for
the boat. Flares expire after 36 months.