How to prevent accidental activations of float-free EPIRBs

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has reported several accidental float-free EPIRB activations due to incorrect mounting, storage and washing down vessels.

It is important to know how to avoid and what to do if your float-free EPIRB inadvertently activates.

If your float-free EPIRB is accidentally activated you will notice the strobe light flashing and beeping. In these cases you should dry the water activation switch immediately and contact AMSA on 1800 641 792.

There is no penalty for accidental activation.

All Australian EPIRBs must be registered with AMSA. Registration is valid for two years after date of issue and must be renewed before its expiry date. Registration is free and can be completed online.

It’s also important that you disable and dispose of old EPIRBs correctly, with AMSA advising of a recent activation at a rubbish dump.

You’ll find more information on EPIRBS here.