Following a few simple safety tips can make for a much better May Long Weekend if you’re headed to the cottage.
A lot of Manitobans put their boats in the water this weekend.
The Lifesaving Society of Manitoba’s Carl Shier tells 680 CJOB priority number one is a no brainer: wear a life jacket.
While the law only requires you to have a life jacket in your boat, Shier says put it on.
He also reminds you not to drink and boat. Shier advises you “wait till the pier to have that beer.”
Shier adds that taking a boating course if you don’t have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card would be a good idea. And, of course, you have to have that card to drive a boat with a motor.
The long weekend will also see a lot of barbecues used for the first time this season, especially in cottage country.
That brings up some other safety concerns.
Wicker World’s Phil Squarie says when you fire yours up for the first time of the season, you should clean it first.
He says spiders have been known to build nests in the gas lines. A nest in the wrong spot can back up the gas which may lead to an explosion.
Squarie adds if you have to buy new parts, make sure they’re the proper ones for your make and model of barbecue.