Why do I need a safety inspection?
“Do not think because an accident hasn’t happened to you that it can’t happen.”
The common reason we hear for not getting a safety inspection is, “nothing like that has ever happened at our cottage!”
That’s wonderful news, however, that does not mean a serious emergency will not occur at your cottage and we are here to help provide you with the knowledge and equipment to limit the possibility of emergencies and prepare you for when they do happen.
“Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.”
The costs emotionally, physically, and financially after a serious emergency can haunt you for years to come. Investing a small amount of time and money in getting your property safety certified now can save you more than you will ever know in the years ahead.
“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.”
If you are renting your property you have a responsibility in the eyes of the law to provide all reasonable care for the safety of your guests.
Our safety certification will ensure you have met and surpassed all local, provincial, and federal laws regarding accommodation safety and can demonstrate your ‘Due Diligence’ to the safety provisions of your guests in the event of a legal suit filed against you.
“Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy”
Cottage Insurance is one of the biggest expenditures when owning or renting your recreational property. With a certified safety inspection, you can save on your insurance premiums as you can demonstrate your commitment to limiting accidents and safety at your property.
What do I need to get my property safety certified?
* Must meet or exceed address sign requirements for the town or county it is located in
* Must be visible day or night
* Must be clearly marked and not obstructed by any foliage or other objects
* Should be at least 4” tall lettering/numbers
To meet the minimum requirement of the short-term rental safety inspection, smoke alarms should:
* Be no older than 10 years old.
* Be installed per manufacturer instructions.
* Be installed in all sleeping rooms/areas and within outside the sleeping room/area within 21 feet of any door to that sleeping room/area.
* Installed on every level of the dwelling unit, including basements.
* Placed so they will go off with the earliest detection possible in the event of a fire.
(If local laws require they be interconnected, then they should be to pass certification).
* At least one fire extinguisher shall be installed with the bracket it came with per the manufacturer’s instructions. It must be near the kitchen, within 30 feet of any cooking appliance, with a strong recommendation that it be near a point of exit from the kitchen.
* Signage must be in place if extinguishers are located in a cabinet or closet (no specific requirement on signage – just needs to be made clear that the extinguisher is located in there).
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
* Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in the dwelling must be less than 7 years old and installed per their manufacturer instructions
* CO detectors are required to be installed outside all sleeping areas
First Aid Kit
At the time of inspection to pass the certification, a first aid kit including:
* Adhesive bandages
* Antibiotic ointment
* Trauma pads
Must be in the property where it can be easily found.
Emergency Safety Card
Ensure that one safety card is located prominently in the property where all guests can see it with accurate information. The safety card must contain at a minimum, the address of the property and contact numbers for an emergency.
Wood-Burning Fireplaces and Stoves:
* All wood-burning fireplaces, stoves, chimneys, and vents should be inspected annually, preferably by a professional.
* Any gas-burning fireplace or stove should be inspected by a professional building inspector or gas fireplace contractor in the past 5 years.
* Instructional signage on how to use the fireplaces or stoves should be posted clearly, preferably within 5 feet of the fireplace, to indicate the safe operation of the fireplace.
* Recommend removal of portable heaters if possible.
* If portable heaters cannot be removed, they must be located safely away from combustibles and provide permanent notices to inform guests about the safe operation of them.
Candles, Matches & Lighters
* All fire-producing instruments that are not child-resistant must be removed from the property and it is encouraged that cleaning crews keep an eye out for any left behind by guests and removed.
* All flame-producing candles must be removed from the property.
Chemicals & Toxic Cleaning Supplies
* Cleaning chemicals should be stored on a shelf in a pantry or closet where they are out of reach of children. If they can’t be, make sure the caps or covers on toxic products or those that are dangerous to kids, are child-proof/resistant.
* Recommend the removal of any chemicals or cleaning supplies that are not legible or properly labeled or can’t be made child-resistant to open.
* Ensure that the owner has stored other chemicals and paints in a locked closet, do not leave them out in the open in the basement or garage.
Stairs & Guardrails
Make sure the following criteria are met along with a basic inspection test on all stairs and handrails:
* All stairs that are 30” or higher (some insurance companies say this is 3 steps, others 4 – but for this inspection, 30″ is the only measurement), must have a continuous handrail on one side of the stairs that meets code.
* Grab the top rail on a stairway to make sure it doesn’t wiggle at the touch.
* Shake all handrails slightly and notice if they vibrate; they shouldn’t if properly installed.
* All interior horizontal walkways that are 30” or higher should have guard rails in place, 36” high, and with no more than 4” gaps between the railings.
Book Your Inspection Now
Protect Your Family & Guests!
Pay for your inspection today and we will schedule an appointment with one of our Short-Term Rental Safety Inspectors to come to visit your property