Preparedness means thinking ahead, and forward-thinking boaters know when a new technology finally replaces the old. Traditional signal flares, while effective, can become dangerous to handle and difficult to store and discard. The Weems & Plath® SOS Distress Light replaces traditional flares and lights the way as the only LED signal device that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements. This easy-to-use, non-pyrotechnic SOS light has no expiration date and no special disposal requirements, yet it does everything a signal device should do: the SOS Distress Light is family-safe, can be seen up to 10 nautical miles away, has built-in flotation, and includes a daytime signal flag. Can be handheld, tethered, or hoisted aloft. Simple twist-on operation; runs up to 6 hours at peak intensity or up to 60 hours total. Uses 3 C alkaline batteries (not included). Made in USA.