Coast Guard Recommends Signaling Devices for Boaters

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard recommends boaters have signaling devices on board their vessel in case of emergency during National Safe Boating Week. and year around.

All boaters should be able to signal for help. Boaters must have U S Coast Guard-approved day and night signals for vessels when required signaling devices are recommended while operating on the water.

Signaling devices consist of both pyrotechnic and non-pyrotechnic, such as pyrotechnic red flares and orange smoke used for night and day distress signaling, respectively. Non-pyrotechnic devices include orange distress flags (day only) and electric distress signals (night only).

Each of these devices has expiration dates and a different operating/burning time. Check the label for currency and to see how long each pyrotechnic device will remain illuminated. Choose a device best suited to the conditions in the area where your vessel is typically used; other signaling devices include but are not limited to flashlights, whistles, signal mirrors and horns.

The Coast Guard also recommends boaters equip their boat with an emergency position indicating radio beacon. An EPIRB is an economical safety device that automatically transmits an emergency signal when it is placed or floating in the upright position. The signal allows the Coast Guard and other rescue agencies to pinpoint your exact location. Now small enough to be carried in your pocket, the device is designed to send an accurate location as well as identifying information to rescue authorities immediately upon activation.

To register an EPIRB, please click here.

For more more informaiton on Coast Guard-approved signaling devices, click here.

For further media inquiries, please contact the 8th Coast Guard District External Affairs Office at (504) 671-2020.