Spring means heading to the cottage and getting it into tiptop shape for a summer of fun. Before loading up your vehicle and heading out, check out these important and timely reminders.
Opening the Cottage
Here are the top 10 safety tips as you prepare to head up to the cottage, and after you get there:
- Check your car’s lights, signals, tire pressure and fluids before the trip to the cottage.
- Check your first-aid kit and replace any missing supplies.
- Check and maintain cottage smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO2) detectors.
- Check the condition of boat(s), including fuel lines and tanks, and make sure all required safety equipment is on board and in good repair.
- Remove dry leaves and debris from the cottage roof and/or eaves troughs to reduce fire risk.
- Prepare for extreme weather events — create a family emergency preparedness plan for the cottage.
- Assemble a disaster safety kit for your cottage and car.
- Talk to your neighbours — plan ahead for emergencies by identifying vulnerable people and potential community volunteers.
- Talk to your insurance representative to review your cottage, car, and boat coverage.
- Pass along these tips to friends, family and neighbours to make safety a priority getting to and while at the cottage.
Safety Tips for inside the Cottage
Brushing up on Boating Safety
The time will soon be upon us to get out onto the water again. And that makes this a great time to brush up on our boating safety knowledge. Whether its a refresher or learning for the first time for yourself or your families or your guests the following resources can be of value.
Here are two apps that people should check out.
1) The Discover Boating Safety App at http://www.discoverboating.ca/appsandtools.aspx
This site also has information on books and magazines and DVDs on many boating topics.
2) The BoatNotes App at https://csbc.ca/en/
Transport Canada also has on line resources.
1) Safe Boating Guide ( with more than 120,000 hits its the most visited item on the TC website )
2) Passport : Boating Safety for Anglers and Hunters
Safe Quiet Lakes Boating Code
The SQL group has worked hard on focusing on education for responsible boating. The following is the code they came up with.
Canadian Safe Boating Council
Lots of great information here too including their annual safety campaigns which focus on education, life jackets, sober boating and cold water safety.
Take a boating course. And make sure your have your proof of competency card- you can do the test online. There is a lot of great information out there. This is just a sample.
And the more we know the safer and more enjoyable boating will be.
- Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide
- Brushing Up on Boating Safety
- Flare Requirements
- Boat Registration Rules