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Before You Head North Think About Cottage Fire And Carbon Monoxide Safety – Plan Ahead!
Peace of Mind for your Piece of Heaven
TORONTO, ON – Vehicles traveling Ontario’s highways, overflowing with cottage cargo, signal that summer is coming. The annual “Peace of Mind for your Piece of Heaven” cottage safety campaign kicked-off this year…but with a twist. Safety officials are urging all GTA leisure-seekers to think about fire and carbon monoxide detection – before they hit the road – to ensure they pack smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fresh batteries so they can protect their families as soon as they arrive.
Protecting your family and guests from the dangers of fire, smoke and CO is just as critical up north, as it is in your permanent home and leaving your family unprotected for even one night is too risky.
Follow these important Cottager Fire and CO safety tips:
- Pack new smoke & carbon monoxide alarms, and fresh batteries, before you head north.
- Have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas. It’s the law!
- If your cottage has any fuel-burning appliances, attached garage or wood or gas fireplace by law you must install CO alarms outside all sleeping areas.
- Make sure your boat, boathouse, camper or trailer also have smoke and CO alarms if required by law.
- Put fresh batteries in all smoke and CO alarms at the start of cottage.
- Alarms don’t last forever! Replace all smoke alarms over 10 years old and any CO alarms made before 2009.
- Help protect your family and guests with the latest safety technology: “Worry-Free” smoke and CO alarms last 10 years and have sealed lithium batteries that never need replacing for the life of the alarm!
- Place fire extinguishers on all storeys, in the kitchen, garage/boathouse and in the boat.
- Create and practice a cottage fire escape plan with the whole family and include guests.
- Have fire suppression tools available when burning outdoors (i.e. shovel or rake)
No matter where you vacation, make it a fire and CO safe experience!