Start the cottage season right, by following these tips:
- Check your car’s lights, signals, tire pressure and fluids before the trip to the cottage.
- Assemble a first-aid kit for your cottage and your car. Already got these? Review the contents of the kits, and replace any missing or expired supplies.
- Review the condition of boats, including fuel lines and tanks. Ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and in good repair.
- Check your electricity meter and interior wiring, cords and plugs for any signs of gnawing or other damage before turning on your power for the season!
- Install and maintain cottage smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Remove dry leaves and debris from the cottage roof and/or eavestroughs to reduce fire risk. (Remember: use ladders with caution!)
- Boating in spring weather? Beware of the dangers of cold water immersion. Get more tips for boating and cold water safety, here: https://foca.on.ca/safe-boating/
- Talk to your insurance representative to review your cottage, car and boat coverage. Bear in mind that many property insurance policies carry exclusions related to water damage – check yours and be sure you understand what you are covered for.
- Prepare for extreme weather events by creating a family emergency preparedness plan for the cottage. Just like at home, consider what your family would need to survive at the cottage for 72 hours in a time of emergency.
- Talk to your neighbours, and plan ahead for emergencies by identifying vulnerable people and potential community volunteers.
For more information, please visit <https://foca.on.ca/cottage-opening-tips/>