An interesting thing happened the other day. A pyrotechnic flare was given to me and I was instructed to light it. Please understand that it was being done so I could experience a flare first-hand. So I asked my friend (aka teacher) “how do you do it?” He wisely stepped back and said nothing.
It became abundantly clear that I had to read the directions. Fortunately I had my reading glasses so I could read the small print. First step: take off the red cap. My aging, weak fingers struggled with the removal of the tight cap. Once off, it is used as a striker to light the flare. After several attempts, the flare finally lit, bursting forth with hot, red flames spewing smoke and dripping melted plastic (or something else). Immediately I saw the urgent need to keep the flare away from my skin and anything that could be seared. Fortunately, my intimidating experience with the pyrotechnic flare was brief- within a few minutes the flame was extinguished, as was my fear of being burned. I immediately realized, what would I have done if it had been an actual emergency? In the safety of my backyard I had the presence of mind to be calm and clear-headed. But consider the following scenario.
Your boat has sustained damage and needs to be abandoned. You get into the dinghy/inflatable. It is dark with rough seas. Your only thought is of being rescued. You reach for your pyrotechnic flare. But wait, how do you light it? Your reading glasses are on the sinking boat so you can’t read the directions. And even if you did have your glasses, it’s dark and the words can’t be seen. And let’s say it’s raining so now the red plastic cap is slippery making a tight cap even harder to get off. And in a state of panic and confusion, the cap is dropped into the water. Now what? Got matches?
But let’s consider you still have the cap and manage to get the flare lit. You hold the flare up but not so high it won’t burn your hand and far away so the dripping goo won’t burn a hole into the raft. In earnest you hang on the only piece of equipment you think will attract attention. And then the worst happens-in a few short minutes the bright flame extinguishes and you are left in the dark holding a burned-out flare and the terrible thought “did anyone see me?”
There is a happy ending to the story. I have been introduced to a incredible product that steps in where pyrotechnics leave off. It can be carried in a pocket, is non-flammable (safe), longer lasting, easy-to-use, and the light can be seen twenty-thirty miles away. The product is the Rescue Laser Flare®. After having personally experiencing the danger and limitations of the pyrotechnic flare, the benefits of using the laser flare are clearly visible. Due to Coast Guard requirements, pyrotechnic flares must be carried aboard, but why not maximize the chances of rescue and have your primary locator device on you rather than in a box somewhere? The answer is obvious.
As I am now out on the water with a friend and his sailboat, our personal safety is of prime concern. Fortunately, we have the Rescue Laser Flare® so I am confident of being seen if an emergency occurs. But this product isn’t limited to just boats. Think about the sports that take us to the mountains: skiing, snowmobiles, rock climbing, hiking, camping. Pyrotechnic flares are not carried in backpacks, so what happens when an accident occurs? I live in the Puget Sound region and every year someone needs to be rescued on Mt. Rainier. Now that I know what I know about the light from the Rescue Laser Flare® being seen for 20-30 miles, I wonder what the outcome would be if they had this product. Yes, you can use your cell phone to tell rescuers sort-of-where you are, but the Rescue Laser Flare® can show rescuers where you are. When seconds count, what do you want to depend on?
I am such a strong-believer in this product I have decided to be an authorized dealer of the Rescue Laser Flare® and feature them in my website store, Tigerlilys. For more information, please go to: tigerlilysattic.com/2012/laser-light.