Keeping Your Children Safe at the Cottage
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.
- Make 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