The Coastguard is urging people to hand in their expired emergency flares to prevent injuries and false alarms.
South Canterbury Coastguard president Erica Lister said she and chief coxswain Tony Lister are accepting flares until August 16 as part of a national drive.
She said it was important that people handed in their old, expired or unwanted flares, to prevent injury to themselves and others.
"Older flares can be pretty unstable and dangerous," she said.
Coastguard southern region manager Cheryl Moffat said burning flares or putting them in the rubbish could result in fires and serious burns.
It was also dangerous to rely on expired flares in an emergency.
The Coastguard will give the dangerous flares to the Defence Force for safe disposal.
People with unwanted flares can arrange to hand them in by calling 027 435 9689 or 027 203 0848.
- The Timaru Herald