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Top Tips for a Safer Autumn at the Cottage

Kawartha Cottage Resources

Sep 26, 2016  |  Cottage Resources  |   Gail McCormack

Top Tips for a Safer Autumn at the Cottage

As the weather turns colder and you spend more time indoors, use the safety tips from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to stay safe and enjoy the autumn season.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Inspections – Some helpful tips

Annual inspection of your fuel-burning appliances at the cottage is a critical step in protecting your family against carbon monoxide.

  • Find a TSSA-registered fuels contractor in your community at COSafety.ca
  • Check to see if your inspection includes all your fuel-burning appliances and their systems such as the:
                - Fuel supply
                - The device itself
                - Chimney/venting system, areas around the device
  • Obtain more than one estimate and review the information gathered before selecting a contractor
  • Ask for a written inspection report when the job is complete

Things to Know About Carbon Monoxide (CO)


The best way to avoid CO exposure is to eliminate it at the source.

  • CO is a leading cause of accidental poisonings in Ontario every year
  • Over 80 percent of all CO deaths and injuries in Ontario occur in homes
  • Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu without the fever
  • CO has no odour, no colour, and no taste

For more detailed information about carbon monoxide visit COSafety.ca

TSSA is an innovative, not-for-profit safety organization dedicated to enhancing public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of fuels; elevators and escalators; amusement rides; ski lifts; boilers and pressure vessels; operating engineers and upholstered and stuffed articles.