May 19, 2011
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:
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
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 |