With summer officially here, it’s inevitable that people will be taking their families to the cottage. Here are some tips in keeping your children safe at the cottage.

  • cabinMake sure to install smoke detectors on each floor and areas where you sleep outside.  Do a check of the batteries and replace them often
  • Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years.  Always pack an extra one just in case
  • Install CO2 detectors if there are fuel-burning appliances
  • Be sure to check heating appliances and chimneys prior to using.  Soot can be dangerous
  • Do not burn candles outside of a containment unit and don’t leave them unattended
  • Come up with and practice a fire escape plan
  • Make sure you have access to a working phone in your cottage and near the water.
  • Know the cottage address in case of an emergency
  • Always clean your BBQ before using.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit BBQs, and don’t leave them unattended while cooking
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children
  • Don’t smoke inside, only outdoors and make sure you douse the cigarette/cigar butt in water before going inside
  • Check your local fire bans before lighting a bonfire
  • Build a your bonfire on bare soil or exposed rock
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand close by in case it suddenly spreads
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Make sure that everyone has a life jacket when out on the lake


Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.