Many boaters are cottagers as well and as the long weekend has finally arrived, the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations and the Insurance Bureau of Canada want to remind you to stay safe.

“Many people put a lot of time and effort into making their cottages cozy and fun for the whole family. It is also important to make safety a priority at your cottage,” said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC.

There are approximately 250,000 families with cottages across the beautiful province of Ontario, and each one will host friends and relatives over the coming season.

”People who live and play in rural waterfront Ontario are a self-reliant bunch,” noted Terry Rees, Executive Director, FOCA. “We know that we need to look out for our own safety, starting this May long weekend, but all year long as well.”

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Top 10 Tips for Cottage Safety from IBC and FOCA:

  1. Check your car’s lights, signals, tire pressure and fluids before the trip to the cottage.
  2. Check your first-aid kit and replace any missing supplies.
  3. Check and maintain cottage smoke detectors and CO detectors.
  4. Check the condition of boat(s), including fuel lines and tanks. Check that all required safety equipment is on board and in good repair.
  5. Remove dry leaves and debris from the cottage roof and/or eavestroughs to reduce fire risk.
  6. Prepare for extreme weather events – create a family emergency preparedness plan for the cottage.
  7. Assemble a disaster safety kit for your cottage and car.
  8. Talk to your neighbours – plan ahead for emergencies by identifying vulnerable people and potential community volunteers.
  9. Talk to your insurance representative to review your cottage, car and boat coverage.
  10. Pass along these tips to friends, family and neighbours.

“Start off the cottage season right by following these tips. And carry on with the habit of checking them throughout the year, to help ensure we all have a safe and enjoyable cottage experience,” added Rees.

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