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USCG Signal Requirements

parachute

Red Parachute Flare
Accepted day or night use.
Approval Nos. 160.024 (1,2)
160.036, 160.066 (2,3)

aerial flare

Red Aerial Flare
Accepted day or night use.
Approval Nos. 160.066 (2,3)

red flare Hand-Held Red Signal Flare
Accepted day or night use.
Approval Nos. 160.021 (2)
orange smoke signal

Hand-Held Orange Smoke Signal
Accepted day use only.
Approval Nos. 160.022 (2)
160.037, 160.057

flag signal

3-Foot Square Orange Distress Flag
Accepted day use only.
Approval Nos. 160.072































  1. These signals require use in combination with suitable launching device approved under 46 CFR 160.228
  2. These signals meet U.S. Coast Guard day/night requirements for 42 months after date of manufacture. They must be replaced before expiration date printed in label.
  3. These devices may be either self-contained or pistol launched and either aerial flare or parachute type. Some of these signals may require use in combination with a suitable launching device approved under 46 CFR 160.028.
 

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