Cottage Opening Tips from FOCA

Start the cottage season right, by following these tips:

(Download a printable 1-page version of this list)

  • Check your car’s lights, signals, tire pressure and fluids before the trip to the cottage.
  • Assemble a first-aid kit for your cottage and your car. Already got these? Review the contents of the kits, and replace any missing or expired supplies.
  • Review the condition of boats, including fuel lines and tanks. Ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and in good repair.
  • Check your electricity meter and interior wiring, cords and plugs for any signs of gnawing or other damage before turning on your power for the season!
  • Install and maintain cottage smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries once a year. (Yes – now is the right time.)
  • Remove dry leaves and debris from the cottage roof and/or eavestroughs to reduce fire risk. (Remember: use ladders with caution!)
  • Boating in spring weather? Beware of the dangers of cold water immersion. Get more tips for boating and cold water safety, here:
  • Talk to your insurance representative to review your cottage, car and boat coverage. Bear in mind that many property insurance policies carry exclusions related to water damage – check yours and be sure you understand what you are covered for.
  • Prepare for extreme weather events by creating a family emergency preparedness plan for the cottage. Just like at home, consider what your family would need to survive at the cottage for 72 hours in a time of emergency.
  • Talk to your neighbours, and plan ahead for emergencies by identifying vulnerable people and potential community volunteers.
  • Subscribe to receive FOCA’s Elert for free important cottage country updates by email each month.

Please share this information with other waterfront property owners!

Michelle LewinCottage Opening Tips from FOCA