Start the cottage season right, by following these tips from The Federation of Ontario Cottager’ Associations (FOCA)
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!)
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.