ACR, ARTEX and Ocean Signal highlight the value of EPIRBs, PLBs and ELTs to boaters, outdoor enthusiasts and aviators this week.
Monday, April 6th was the annual the eighth annual 406Day (#406Day20) and every year, the leading beacon manufacturers team up with supporters and aviation, outdoor, and boating safety partners to highlight the benefits and responsibilities of owning an EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon), PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) or ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter).
Mikele D’Arcangelo, Vice President of Global Marketing & Product Management, said: “406Day is about getting beacon owners more comfortable with their emergency 406 MHz device by testing their beacon, making sure they know how to use it, checking the battery expiration date and updating their registration information.”
ACR Electronics’ new award-winning ResQLink View PLB now offers users even more innovations and functionality, including a screen displaying all the beacon’s operational activities, including GPS coordinates, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts, as well as battery power.
ACR Electronics offers the following simple advice to beacon owners to ensure their EPIRB, PLB or ELT will operate effectively in the event of an emergency.
- Check the battery expiration date – Each beacon is marked with the Month and Year the battery needs to be replaced.
- Update your beacon registration – Make sure your contact information is correct and your emergency contacts information is accurate. It’s the best way to assist Search and Rescue should you ever need to activate your beacon.
- Double check your beacon registration number matches your beacon.
- Educate your family and friends – Take a picture with your EPIRB, PLB, or ELT and share it on your social media accounts using the hashtags #406Day20 and #beaconssavelives.
For evidence of the effectiveness of beacons check out SurvivorClub, ACR’s one-of-a-kind ‘You use it - we replace it program’ which provides real-life testimonies shared by people of all ages and from all walks of life, who thanks to their beacon, have lived to tell the tale.