LED FlareAlert replaces "unsafe" incendiary flares

March 18, 2005
Date Announced: 18 Mar 2005 Just about any roadside safety kit contains at least one traditional incendiary flare - but with burn temperatures of 5,000 degrees and an ingredient list full of toxic chemicals, the flares themselves are neither safe nor environmentally friendly. Fortunately, there is an alternative: The Keystone Group’s new FlareAlert(TM), a battery-operated electronic safety flare visible for miles from both the ground and the air.Twelve high-output LEDs give the FlareAlert its bright, non-toxic glow. Because the device is crush-resistant, it can be safely used in traffic when needed. And, unlike other electronic safety flares, FlareAlert has a built-in magnetic base, allowing it to be mounted on a vehicle in case of an accident or on a mailbox when emergency personnel need to find a house quickly."FlareAlert is safe for anyone to use under any circumstances," said Brent Jones, Vice President of The Keystone Group. "Incendiary, or strike, flares burn at high temperatures and are hard to strike. Their ingredients are pretty much all toxic. That’s not something most people would choose to have around their families. FlareAlert, on the other hand, doesn’t burn and emits no fumes. It can even be used around gasoline."Because FlareAlert is not combustible, it will not scorch the pavement, burn brush or leave behind debris - and, with no toxic chemicals, FlareAlert cannot contaminate groundwater. Incendiary flares, by contrast, were found in a 2003 study by California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District to contaminate the groundwater significantly with perchlorate, the chemical that has recently been discovered to have contaminated drinking water, cow’s milk and breast milk nationwide.If safety and the absence of toxins weren’t enough, FlareAlert has incendiary flares beat in another key area: economics. One FlareAlert will burn as long as 80 incendiary flares before needing new batteries. And, over time, FlareAlert’s cost to operate is just three cents per hour, compared to incendiary flares’ average cost of four dollars per hour."No one would choose to spend more money to endanger their vehicles, families and the environment," Jones said. "But that’s just what happens when people buy and use incendiary flares. Once they know the advantages of FlareAlert - safety, cost savings and environmental safety - they realize it makes no sense to continue using incendiary flares. We are proud of our product’s safety and versatility, and we hope more people learn the truth about incendiary flares."FlareAlert is currently available in red; blue, green, yellow and white versions will be available later this year, along with carrying cases and weighted bases.

Brent Jones The Keystone Group Tel. +1 303-652-6164

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