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LifeSmoke MK9 Flare


The Pains Wessex MK9 Orange smoke flare – Day Time distress signal.

  • MK9 is a small and compact distress signal for daylight use designed for stowage in liferafts and lifeboats.
  • Signal for position marking during rescue operations
  • Indicates wind direction
  • Safe use on oil or petrol covered water
  • Conforming to SOLAS 74 as amended
  • Ideal also for leisure boats
  • Part of Flare Kit required for Commerical boats

***Shipping only possible in Ireland

SKU: 80137-mk9 -smoke can



Pains Wessex Lifesmoke MK9 is a compact, flat top, day time distress signal designed to be easy and safe to handle.

It provides effective position marking during rescue operations and can be used to indicate wind direction, producing dense orange smoke for a minimum of 3 minutes.


  1. Remove plastic cap. Point away from body.
  2. Pull tab firmly away from canister. Ensure hand remains clear of HOT END.
  3. Throw MK9 Life smoke overboard immediately.
  4. Smoke will be emitted after a 2 second delay.


Burning time

3 minutes minimum

Colour of smoke:



Percussion igniter with 2 seconds safety delay


Approvals Conforms to SOLAS 74 as amended, Res. MSC 81 (70). Approvals: CE 0589, BAM–P1-0191, 0589-P1-0324, BGV MED 423.008, USCG 160.122./21/0, 160.022/21/0 and other major maritime authorities worldwide.

Storage Requirements

Ideally should be stored in the robust, specially designed Water Resistant Polybottle Container, or in a dry, easily accessed location at ambient temperature.

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Hazardous item!

Dispose of responsibly through approved channels in accordance with local regulations.

Galway Maritime are an approved disposal centre for Time expired Flares so please get in touch if you need to dispose of some.

**Can Only be sold and shipped  in Ireland


  • Produces dense orange smoke – do not inhale
  • Do not fire in a confined space
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Only for emergency use at sea
  • If damaged or dented do not use
  • Do not dismantle
  • Keep away from source of heat

Do not use after expiry date which is marked on each MK9 Flare.

• Height: 114 mm (4.5 in)
• Diameter: 82 mm (3.2 in)
• Gross Weight Max. 370g (13.05 oz)
• NEC Max. 239g (8.43 oz)
• Burning time: 3 minutes minimum

Additional information

Weight 1 kg