To eliminate any confusion as to whether Modern electronic visual distress signal products had to be Coast Guard Approved in order to be carried on recreational vessels;
Coast Guard Approved Pyrotechnic flares are still required to be carried on most recreational vessels to meet the minimum requirements for distress signals. The signal value of a Pyrotechnic flare is limited by the short duration of burning chemicals. A burning flare may get attention, but a burned out flare will not help anyone find you. To reduce the risk of not being found it is a sensible requirement to carry something else that is visible.
Modern LED technology products were specifically developed to address the problems associated with pyrotechnic flares. There are no Coast Guard requirements for these modern electronic visual distress products to be Coast Guard Approved on recreational vessels.
North American Survival Systems, LLC manufactures and distributes electronic visual distress signal products. The company principals have over 75 years of survival, search and rescue experience and sit on a special Coast Guard committee for developing alternatives to pyrotechnics. www.northamericansurvivalsystems.com