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an emergency position indicating radiobeacon (epirb).

An Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB) is mandatory on many vessels. Even if it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Transport Canada encourages the carriage 406 MHz EPIRBs as a very effective means of sending a distress alert.

When activated, the battery operated EPIRB transmits a signal that is recognized as a positive indication of distress by Search and Rescue forces throughout Canada and the world. The EPIRB may one day save your life.

You should:

  • Read all instructions carefully and know how it works

  • Register your EPIRB and keep the registry information up to date (1-800-727-9414)

  • If a float-free model, mount the EPIRB in a place where it can float free. Do NOT attach the lanyard to your ship

  • Test the EPIRB in accordance with regulations and the manufacturer's instructions

  • Perform regular maintenance, including battery and hydrostatic release replacements, as recommended by the manufacturer.

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