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    Cottage Safety Tips

    August 24, 2015  |  By:  Kevin Henderson

    Summer is a great time to travel, especially to cottage country. Whether you own, rent, or stay at a friend’s cottage, getting away from the stresses of everyday life is a great way to unwind, relax, and recharge.

    Unfortunately, countless cottagers are injured each year – some catastrophically. In order to ensure a safe cottage experience, consider taking some of the following steps upon arriving at the cottage:

    -Check Before You Dive – even if you are familiar with a cottage, the water level in the lake may have changed from previous years, or a rock may have shifted during the spring melt.

    -Decks and Docks – wood that has been exposed to the elements over the winter can develop weak spots and even collapse when walked on.

    -Doors and Locks – particularly if you have young children, ensure that the door and window locks are functioning so that young children do not inadvertently get outdoors or near water without supervision.

    -Pests and Rodents – inspect the property to ensure that no unwelcome guests have moved into the cottage, treehouses, or other out buildings on the property.

    -Boating Safety Devices – before taking the boat out for the inaugural journey, check to ensure that the boat is still water worthy and ensure that all life jackets or PFDs are in good working order.

    While everyone cannot wait to relax as soon as they get to the cottage, a few small steps can ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer holiday.


    About the Author

    Kevin Henderson

    Kevin attended McMaster University for two years before being granted early admission to Osgoode Hall Law School, where he obtained his LL.B. in 2007. Kevin was called to the bar in 2008. Prior to...

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