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Safe boat owners take the time to ensure they have safety equipment on board, and even check the expiration date of their distress signals. But, did you know that—even if the flare has not expired—it may not work? Due to damp conditions, safety devices may fail just when you need them most. To avoid this dangerous situation, check your flares--if there is moisture inside, they will likely not work. It's advisable to buy new flares and keep them in a waterproof container. Make sure to check your spares often to ensure they did not get wet.