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Kansas does not require VDSs when operating on state waters; however, they are recommended safety equipment.

If pyrotechnic VDSs are used, they must be dated. Expired VDSs may be carried on board, but a minimum of three unexpired VDSs must be carried in the vessel.

The following combinations of signals are examples of VDSs that could be carried on board to satisfy U.S. Coast Guard requirements:

  • Distress Signals Handheld Red Flares
    Three handheld red flares (day and night)
  • Distress Signals Handheld Red Flare and Meteors
    One handheld red flare and two red meteors (day and night)
  • Distress Signals Floating and Handheld Orange Smoke and Electric Light
    One handheld orange smoke signal (day), two floating orange smoke signals (day), and one electric light (night only)