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Old 08-22-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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Found what I think is a very nice alternative to carrying flares and orange triangles. I hate how the flares deteriorate over time and make a mess! Flares also typically don't burn more than a few minutes.

Here's what I bought- it's called an "EzyFlare."



It's battery powered (4 AA's) and is VERY bright --- has rotating red LED's and flashing orange LED's. Good for day and night, will do it's thing for about 12 hours on a set of batteries (according to the manufacturer - I haven't confirmed this).

Take a look --- found mine at Pep Boys Auto Parts . . . cost about $20.

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Old 10-05-2005, 02:35 PM   #2
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Flares also typically don't burn more than a few minutes.
Most flares come in either 15, 30 or 45 minute duration. If stored in a secure location, they will last for years.

The problem for me with any battery operated device, is the batteries will go dead before I need to use the device. Especially, a device such as this that may never get used.

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Old 12-30-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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When changing by smoke detector batteries, I thought about the battery vs. flare issue . . . decided not to put flares on the ceiling . . . not sure if duct tape would hold them up there anyway.

Guess I'll have to rely on the pink bunny!
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:44 AM   #4
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Improperly placed flares at vehicle accident sites have rolled into leaking gasoline and created some pretty impressive explosions. Always consider the safety implications.
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:19 AM   #5
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Neat idea. I use AA's for so many devices that I carry a dozen or so in the RV all the time, so battery life would not be a probelm. Assuming the device was never turned on, the batteries should last till their expiration date, and if the unit didn't work, it would be no worse than not carring anything anyway, which I don't.
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AA Lithium batteries will stay good for many years without regular use. They cost more, but YGWYPF.http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Ulti...5210441&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.com/EZ-Flare-Elect.../dp/B001RMQ3J2

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Warren your link goes to a vacant domain. (fixed)

Here is a valid link: EZ FLARE Emergency Electronic Flare EZY30202 - Batteries Plus
My question is, are they DOT approved for emergency road warning signals? The website has no information.
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Why would it have to be DOT approved? Would a cop arrest you for trying to warn others regardless? hers's a less expensive link. Opentip.com: Ezy Flare
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At 1.2 lbs I would think a passing truck or a little wind would knock these over.
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Why would it have to be DOT approved? Would a cop arrest you for trying to warn others regardless? hers's a less expensive link. Opentip.com: Ezy Flare
This is why; Part 393.95: Emergency equipment on all power units. - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
sub-paragraph "f"
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Thanks for that, Ray. I remembered being told to carry reflective triangles from driver's ed in school but didn't know there was a regulation. Are RV's considered "motor carriers" as defined by the FMCSA?

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Are RV's considered "motor carriers" as defined by the FMCSA?
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That's right Lori, however, the question was "must warning devices be DOT approved?" The answer to that is yes. CHP-Winter Driving Tips is the law in CA.. Each state has it's own such law.
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The EzFlare seems like a nice product, but in the case of a warning device, I like the simple and well recognized reflective triangles.

I bought a standard set of 3 D.O.T approved emergency triangles that came in a plastic carrying case for about 20 bucks. The triangles are sturdy and weighted so that they don't blow over. (one of the DOT regulations is that they withstand 40mph winds)

1 triangle is to be placed 10 feet from the disabled vehicle, 1 triangle approx 100 feet from the vehicle and the third warning triangle approx 300 feet from the vehicle unless it is located near the crest of a hill in which case the triangle should be moved back to approximately 500 feet.

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