After all the flooding over the past few weeks, residents might not be thinking about fire prevention but local officials are.

Muskoka Fire Prevention Officers understand Victoria Day long weekend is usually the first time cottagers head back to their home away from home. They are reminding people in all of cottage country to add safety and prevention to their plans.

“Fire safety is not just for homes, it’s for cottages, cabins and seasonal homes too,” Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Chief Stephen Hernen said. “This weekend, consider purchasing new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries in case they need replacing at the cottage and check heating appliances and chimneys before using them.”

Hernan added residents should install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of their home, cottage or cabin and make sure they work. People are also advised to develop a plan with their family and friends to escape the building in case of a fire.

The fire chief added heating and cooking equipment should be cleaned before use and to keep lighters away from children.

Hernan said fireworks create an additional risk on Victoria Day. He said to avoid any chances of injury people should attend municipal displays opposed to informal neighbourhood ones.

The chief reminded people there is no daytime burning brush before starting campfires.

A Cottage Fire Safety Tips fact sheet and Fireworks Safety Tips fact sheet can be found on the government of Ontario’s website.