In the heat of the summer, cottage season is in full swing around the province. At least a quarter of a million families are cottagers in Ontario.
And while a good time will be had by most all, an unfortunate few may be subject to unnecessary injury due to a failure to follow tried and true proper safety steps around the cottage.
“Many people put a lot of time and effort into making their cottages cozy and fun for the whole family,” said a spokesperson for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “It’s also important to make safety a priority at your cottage.”
How to stay safe at the cottage
With the help of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations, let’s take a look at the top cottage safety tips to keep you and your guests from harm as the summer season continues to heat up.
- Check that all cottage smoke detectors and CO detectors are installed and in proper working condition.
- By Ontario law, smoke alarms must be installed near all sleeping areas and on every floor of the dwelling (be it a home or a cottage)
- Test them monthly and have ample supply of batteries if any need replacing
- Make sure you have a stocked first aid kit with all the necessary supplies.
- Double-check that any and all watercraft are in safe, working order
- All guests on board a watercraft should have a life jacket
- All other required safety equipment should also be on board
- Maintain proper lighting outdoors for nighttime so as to ensure there are no trips and falls
- Cottage grounds can present a multitude of hidden dangers in the dark, from tree branches to water toys and anything else
- BBQing Safety
- Keep all young children and pets away from open flames and hot barbeques, and make sure it’s operating properly
- Ensure responsible drinking by everyone.
- Being intoxicated on or near the water, BBQs and the other trip and fall hazards around a cottage is a recipe for disaster. As a cottage owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure everyone drinks responsibly
- Emergency Preparedness
- Have the numbers of all nearby emergency services readily available
- Have a 72-hour emergency “survival kit” prepared, in case you were to be stuck due to extreme weather events or other unforeseen circumstances
If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious injury at a cottage, call the experienced professionals at Horowitz Injury Law for a free consultation. For over 35 years, they’ve been ensuring victims get the care and compensation they deserve. Contact us at 416-925-4100.