Ontarians Urged to Take Care When Opening Seasonal Homes
ORILLIA, ON, May 19 /CNW/ - The May long weekend is when most Ontarians
open their cottages and other seasonal homes. The Office of the Fire
Marshal (OFM) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are urging
Ontarians to add safety and prevention to their weekend plans.
Cottages and other seasonal homes are vulnerable to unsafe conditions
that can arise over the winter such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
that no longer work, and chimneys that have become blocked. Cottages
can also become targets for break-ins, not just in the winter, but also
when unoccupied during the summer months.
The OFM and OPP are advising Ontarians to create a checklist to ensure
that their cottages and other seasonal homes, such as cabins and
trailers are safe and secure.
When opening the cottage, always ensure that:
You bring smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are in working condition
Chimneys and vents are not blocked by bird nests or other debris
All door and window locks are secure and homes are properly locked at
Always be on the look out for strangers in the neighbourhood, people
taking "shortcuts" through your property and unfamiliar vehicles making
repeat visits through the neighbourhood. Record licence plate numbers
and descriptions of any suspicious vehicles.
Know the telephone number for the local fire, police and emergency
services, and your cottage's emergency sign number.
"Ontarians wait a long time for cottage season to arrive. Take added
precautions when opening up your cottage or seasonal home and enjoy a
safe, secure and carefree summer."
- Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
"Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are essential to keeping you and your
family safe. This weekend, Ontarians should purchase new alarms and
batteries as they will likely need replacing after the long winter."
- Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal
"The OPP encourages all owners of vacation homes to take the necessary
precautions to protect your property and prevent break-ins. Owners
should report any and all suspicious activity to police immediately
upon arrival, and before entering if possible."
- Chris Lewis, Commissioner, OPP
Installing smoke alarms is the law in Ontario. At a minimum, every
cottage or seasonal home must have a working smoke alarm on every
storey and outside all sleeping areas.
Cottages and other seasonal homes should be equipped with a carbon
Electronics and alcohol are often targeted by thieves. Ensure that all
valuable items and alcohol are secured or removed from the premises
when not in use.
The OPP helps maintain the Cottage Watch Program through the Federation of Ontario Cottager's Associations.
For OFM Cottage Safety Tips
For OPP Cottage Watch
For Rural Crime Prevention Tips
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| OFM |
OPP Central Region
OPP East Region
OPP Northeast Region
OPP Northwest Region
OPP West Region:
| || || || Carol Gravelle |
Constable Peter Leon
Sergeant Kristine Rae
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Sergeant Dave Rektor
| || || || 416-325-3138 |