How to Avoid Injuries at A Cottage?
The cottage is your personal oasis. It’s a place where you can let loose and enjoy a little calm reprieve now and then. Yet, that’s not always the case for many cottagers during the summer. Being amidst the rugged outdoors can come with many potential hazards, leaving some people with serious and even life-threatening injuries. In Canada, it’s up to the cottage owner to ensure that the property is kept in a safe condition and that any guests are acting responsibly to prevent injury. If someone does get injured due to neglect, they may be eligible for compensation for their injuries and financial losses. Fortunately, preventative measures can help you avoid this scenario from happening to you. If you’re wondering how to avoid injuries at a cottage, here are some key steps to take.
Maintain the Property
Cottages are rarely maintained year-round. So, before anyone arrives to celebrate the weekend, spend some time removing any obvious hazards from inside and outside of the property. This includes clearing rocks and debris from walkways, repairing the dock, and cutting back any precarious looking branches that could fall on someone or their vehicle. Some other important areas to consider are broken stairs, loose rails, burnt out lights, toxic mould growth and broken gas lines.
Monitor Consumption of Alcohol
Accidents are more likely to occur when you or someone is under the influence of alcohol. If you plan to drink, do so responsibly and stay inside or on the deck. Venturing out hiking, swimming or boating can lead to serious injury or death.
Inspect the Pleasure Craft
Drowning is a serious risk when it comes to cottage season, especially when out boating or canoeing without the proper safety equipment. In Ontario, by law, you are required to have a lifejacket for every person onboard, along with a buoyant heaving line, manual propelling device or anchor, bailer or hand pump, sound signaling device, a class 5BC fire extinguisher, a waterproof flashlight, as well as your Pleasure Craft Operator card. Before you head out on the water, inspect to ensure that you have everything required onboard. And don’t forget to bring along some drinking water, snacks and a First Aid Kit in case the boat breaks down. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Avoid Reckless Water Play
Reckless waterskiing and tubing accidents are one of the most common lawsuits cottage owners face. It’s important to ride responsibly and know what is allowed by law and what your boating policy stipulates.
Keep A Bucket of Water Near the Fire Pit
Leaving a fire pit to burn out on its own is dangerous. Wind can easily whip up and tousle embers that could catch fire. Even if the fire looks like its out, always pour some water over the pit to fully extinguish any flames.
If you’ve been injured at a cottage due to negligence by the owner, we’ll help you get the settlement you deserve! At Zuber Brioux, we will fight for your rights. Get in touch today!