To ensure that your cottage vacation is the best ever and everyone has a safe enjoyable time, it’s important to take some preventative safety measures. Here is a list of some suggested safety measures. Please use this as a starting guide. Each cottage, cottage region and each family will have distinctive requirements, so make sure to just use these safety tips as a starting point.
To get you started, here’s some essential safety gear:
- Standard first-aid kit, including a manual, alcohol wipes, disinfectant, band aids, wound coverings, bandages, scissors, adhesive tape, any medications or extra epipens and fast-working antihistamines);
- 10 candles, windproof matches, and a wind-proof candle holder;
- Flashlight (preferably a rechargeable one);
- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (tested regularly)
- Fire Extinguisher;
- Pot or kettle suitable for boiling water over an open flame;
- Hatchet or small axe;
- Enough bottled water to last 72 hrs, per person;
- Instant food and beverages (soups, hot cocoa, tea, protein bars);
- Can opener;
- Snack items in secure containers (cereals, pretzels, crackers);
- Extra pet food in secure containers;
- Don’t forget the hats, sunglasses and sunscreen!
Essential boating gear:
- Life jackets — one per person;
- An Oar;
- A bucket or bowl for bailing out water;
- First-aid kit;
- Flashlight (for night boaters);
- Waterproof matches.
In the Winter, add the following to the list:
- Waterproof, insulated boots;
- Spare clothing, hats, mittens, and thick blankets and/or sleeping bags;
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
- Sand or cat litter (non-clumping) — for traction;
- Booster Cables.
Some extra precautions:
- Children must always be supervised outside the cottage – particularly around WATER!
- Keep children and pets away from barbecue areas;
- Everyone should avoid swimming alone;
- Know your cottage’s full address and emergency numbers;
- Know the location of the nearest hospital;
- Don’t leave candles or campfire unattended;
- If your municipality allows campfires, build the fire with care – on exposed rock or bare soil, and keep a bucket of water or sand close by.
Following these safety guidelines will ensure your cottage holiday is the most memorable ever for the right reasons!