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 EPIRB s 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.
- Read all instructions carefully and know how it works
- Register your
and keep the registry information up to date (1-800-727-9414)
- If a float-free model, mount the
in a place where it can float free. Do NOT attach the lanyard to your ship
- Test the
in accordance with regulations and the manufacturer's instructions
- Perform regular maintenance, including battery and hydrostatic release replacements, as recommended by the manufacturer.