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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Life jackets, flares, and flare guns were demonstrated at Great Marsh Park Saturday afternoon.  While it may look like a lot of fun, it's all about safety says John O'Reilly, commander of the Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron.

"The overall experience is to have safer boaters through education.  The more experience boaters can get in a safe area like this, the better they will be out on the water when an emergency arises." said O'Reilly.

Several different types of flares were shown by a professional with West Marine in Easton, who also explained the differences in each, whether it be a very bright offshore flare or even a flare that came with a parachute.  Then, each person was given a chance to light their own flare.

Julie Rigby with the squadron says it's an invaluable experience.

"Until we started these demonstrations I had never set off a flare before, now I have.  I've never set off a fire extinguisher before I did this, and I've been married to a firefighter for 40 years, so I think it is a good experience to do it ahead of time." said Rigby.

And with Saturday morning's tragedy near Kent Narrows, they say demonstrations like these are all the more important when out on the water.

"Hopefully you are not going to run into a situation where you're going to be calling for help with a flare but it's very important to know how to do it because there's no time during an emergency to stop and read the directions." said Nancy Harvey, administrative officer with the Squadron.

So while it may be fun now to fire up a flare or two, it's a skill that could eventually save a life.

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