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Lifesmoke Mk8

Lifesmoke Mk8

The Pains Wessex Lifesmoke MK8 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.

Order Codes:

  • 53685

SOLAS Approved Product

Product Datasheet
pdf Datasheet - 9536850 - Lifesmoke Mk8(PDF607.0 KB)
Height 100 mm (3.9 inches)
Diameter 84 mm (3.3 inches)
Weight 370 g (13.1 oz)
Net Explosive Content 200 g (7.1 oz)
Temp Op Min -1 °C
Temp Op Max 30 °C (86.0 °F)
Temp Store Min -30 °C
Temp Store Max 75 °C (167.0 °F)
Light Color Orange
Flare Burn Time Minimum 3 min
Ignition Method Top Pull-wire Igniter with 2s Safety Delay
When to Use

The Pains Wessex Lifesmoke MK8 is a small and compact distress signal for daylight use only, designed for stowage in liferafts. Signal for position marking during rescue operations. Indicates wind direction .Safe to use on oil or petrol covered water. Conforming to SOLAS 74/88 as amended . Two signals are required carriage in SOLAS liferafts and lifeboats. Two are supplied in RORC and Offshore leisure kits. To use: Peel off top cap, pull string sharply away from body. A 2 second delay allows time to throw the canister downwind into the water.

Storage Requirements

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


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

Type Fibreboard Box
Maximum Quantity Per Pack 24
Pack Dimensions 36 x 28 x 22 cm
Estimate Gross Weight 9.5 Kg
Estimate Net Weight 8.88 Kg
Net Explosive Content Per Pack 4.80 Kg
Hazard Class 1.4S
UN Number UN0507: Signals, smoke
Transport Method Road, Sea or Air