Cottage Fire Safety Tips

Every year thousands of seasonal residents arrive in Muskoka to enjoy the summer country living at the cottage. During that time, the attention to `Fire Safety` is essential in order to enjoy the holidays without any unfortunate incident. The following information has been developed by the Bracebridge Fire Department in order to assist you in understanding and reminding you of the many safeguards to prevent any incidents involving fire. 

  • If you discover fire, Don't Wait, Call 911 IMMEDIATELY and ensure that everyone is out of the cottage and safe.
  • It is the LAW in Ontario to always have a working smoke alarm on every floor level of your cottage.
  • Ensure that you have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector in your cottage.
  • Always have a working fire extinguisher available when performing any work at the cottage that involves open flame.
  • Ensure that you always comply with the `Open Air Burning Policy` of your Municipality.
  • Check before leaving the cottage, ensure that all electrical appliances are unplugged.
  • Avoid any candles or open flames in the cottage during any power interruptions.
  • Ensure that propane bottles are no stored indoors. Propane BBQ safety is always important.
  • Never use a fuel fired space heater inside a tent or small confined space.
  • Keep your cottage road Emergency Number clearly visible.
  • If a fire incident occurs, ensure that a Cottager is at the road to direct emergency crews.
  • Keep individual driveways clear of obstructions. see our Emergency Vehicle Accessibility information
  • Keep waterways accessible for fire fighting purposes.
  • Have a `Fire Escape Plan`.


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2012 June 19
File is missing
2012 June 19