EPIRB FAQs

How often should my EPIRB be tested?

-EPIRBs should be self-tested monthly

-Hydrostatic Releases need to be replaced after 2 years

-The battery expires after 5-7 years (depending on the manufacturer) 

-Anyone can replace the Hydrostatic Release, but the Battery has to be serviced In-House by one of our qualified technicians

How do I test my EPIRB?

-To test your EPIRB,  hold the "TEST" button until the EPIRB starts flashing. If everything is working correctly it will flash 3 times, completing the test. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (206)782-3302,  one of our technicians can walk you through the process.

-Remember, it is recommended that you test your EPIRB once per month.

-All models are different and have different test buttons/processes, please follow instructions on the unit to verify the proper self-tested method. If your EPIRB does not show clear or favorable results, it could mean your battery is low or something else is wrong. Do not hesitate to call us with questions.

How do I know if I need an EPIRB on my vessel?

-EPIRBs are required if your vessel travels over 3 miles offshore

My EPIRB was stolen, what do I do now?

-First, report the theft to your local police department (keep a record of the police departments name, their phone number, and the case reference number).

-Then, contact NOAA at (1-888-212-SAVE 7283) and provide them with the police report information so your Beacon Registration Info can be updated with the appropriate remarks.

To gain a better understanding of how an EPIRB functions, take a look at the diagram below:

For further details on EPIRBs, give us a call