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Avoid Personal Injury When Opening Your Cottage or Vacation Home

The summer is when many people decide to open their cottage or vacation home for a relaxing summer. You want to be able to enjoy your home away from home, but if you have been away for a while, you want to make sure that your cottage or vacation home is a haven, not a danger. Here’s how to avoid injuries as you get ready for the summer:

1) Check for insect nests and animals. While you have been away, bats, raccoons, rodents, birds, and insects may have decided to make your cottage a home. Always check carefully for signs of pests and have them removed immediately by a professional exterminator. Insects can swarm, while animals can spread diseases, so you want to make sure your home is free of any animals and insects.

2) Get your vaccinations before you travel. Get inoculations against tetanus and make sure your vaccinations are up to date so that you can have a worry-free summer. If you need medications or may require allergy medication, make sure you bring these items with you to the cottage.

3) Check for signs of wear and tear on appliances, stairs, plumbing systems, and other major systems of your vacation home. Shaky stairs can lead to broken bones and falls. Damaged power cords can be a fire hazard. Always check to make sure that everything is in good shape and get any repairs completed before you move in for the summer.

4) Check for damage to overhead power lines. Branches can easily fall on power lines, creating a hazard, especially to curious children.
5) Remove debris to avoid slip and fall accidents. Any debris and overgrown weeds should be removed from walkways and frequently used pathways. You don’t want someone to trip over a forgotten rock or a fallen branch.

6) Come prepared for no electricity. Most vacation homes are located in remote areas, where electricity can be disconnected for some time. Bring a regular phone in case the power goes out and you can’t use your cordless phone. Bring flashlights or candles for light and an alterative way of making food. Or, consider a generator for emergency use.

7) Consider getting a caretaker for your vacation home. Consider hiring someone to check on your vacation home a few times a year while you are not there. It’s a great way to ensure that any damage or problems are dealt with quickly – before you have to open the cottage again next year.

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