Section III. SAFETY, CARE, AND HANDLING
properly seated. For Mk 45 Mod 0 with adapter, assure
that safety pin is in place.
1-9. Care and Handling
Alteration of flares is prohibited.
a. Handle flares with utmost care at all times.
b. Do not drop, drag, throw, tumble or otherwise
The flare is easily dented, which may
strike boxes containing flares.
result in non-ejection or faulty
c. Exercise care if flares show evidence of
ejection of the candle.
moisture inside the flare container. Contact authorized
disposal personnel for disposal of flares that have been
Flares are packed to withstand conditions
exposed to moisture. Moisture may cause a dud or
ordinarily encountered in the field.
generation of hydrogen if it penetrates the flare.
d. Avoid exposing flares to extreme temperatures,
protection for shipment and storage, observe the
such as below -65F. or above +160 .
e. Consider flares with damaged fuzes hazardous.
Contact authorized disposal personnel immediately for
a. Keep polystyrene containers from becoming
broken or damaged.
f. Do not touch, move, or otherwise handle duds;
their fuzes may be armed. Contact authorized disposal
immediately and re-mark those bearing illegible
personnel for disposal.
g. Flares should not be left in helicopter
c. Protect flares against such foreign matter as
When flares are left in a helicopter
mud, sand, moisture, frost, snow, ice, dirt, oil, and
temporarily or removed from a helicopter, check fuzes
grease. Wipe off any foreign matter at once.
to assure that ejection dial indicators are set on SAFE.
d. Do not open containers until flares are to be
For Mk 45 Mod 0, assure that swivel snaphook is not
engaged with the split key ring, and that safety clip is