Marine distress flares (parachute flares, red hand flares or orange smoke flares) are classified as explosives.

All flares carry an expiry date and must be replaced on or prior to that date. Expired flares must not be used for training purposes, public demonstrations or as fireworks, or form part of a fireworks display.

Do not dispose of them in rubbish bins or landfills.

You can safely dispose of expired or unwanted flares by handing them in at any manned police station.

Flares should be placed in a heavy plastics bag or spark proof container.