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);
  • Batteries;
  • 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;
  • Sunscreen;
  • An Oar;
  • Blanket;
  • 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:

  • Shovel;
  • 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!

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