SKIPPERS are being encouraged to check the expiry date on flares and other safety equipment before heading out on the water.
Launching the Don’t Expire campaign today, Department of Transport (DoT) safety education coordinator Laurie Adams said skippers were responsible for ensuring required safety equipment was in date and well maintained.
“As part of the initiative DoT has produced a special sticker for skippers to track expiry dates for flares, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB), fire extinguishers and inflatable life jackets,” Mr Adams said.
“DoT is encouraging skippers to record on the sticker the expiry date for each piece of equipment and position it on their vessel for easy reference when preparing for a voyage.
“The campaign also suggests skippers set the expiry dates in their diary or on their mobile phone to remember to service or replace safety equipment.”
Mr Adams said safety equipment requirements for a vessel depended on how far offshore it was operating.
“Responsible skippers should ensure the safety equipment is well maintained and accessible, that passengers know where it is stored, how to use it and when to use it,” Mr Adams said.
“In an emergency on the water, properly functioning safety equipment can be the key to survival and there can be tragic consequences if it isn’t in good working order.”
The campaign reinforces the central marine safety education message: You're the skipper, you're responsible.
Free Don’t Expire stickers and brochures are available from DoT's Marine Safety Education Trailer which attends metropolitan boat shows, regional events and boat ramps throughout WA, DoT offices or by contacting the Marine Safety Hotline on 1300 863 308.
Information about the campaign will also be distributed to boating clubs, marine authorities and the maritime industry throughout WA.
To view the Don’t Expire campaign and for more information on safe boating visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/marine