USCG SAFETY ALERT - SMOKE SIGNAL, DANGER OF EXPLOSION

The USCG has just circulated a Safety Alert on a tragic accident involving the Swedish made Ikaros model Mk II Man-Overboard Smoke Signal. Recently, a seaman on a foreign ship in a U.S. port was sent to check the ring lifebuoy and smoke signal on the bridge wing.

In the process of doing this, he started to move the signal out of its bracket. Since movement of only 10 mm is necessary to start ignition of the signal, it began to produce gas and smoke. The seaman apparently tried to stop the production of smoke by forcing the igniter mechanism back into the signal. This caused pressure to build up rapidly inside the body of the signal, and it exploded. The seaman died of his injuries.  Please read the entire Safety Alert here.