LABRADOR CITY, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Like it or not, we have just passed the midway point of September. There is no denying the fact that fall has arrived. Many folks have said that in spite of the impending long and cold winter, fall is their favourite time of year.
As most know, there are a lot of cabin people and the fall season is a great time of the year at cabins. The flies have finally given a bit of a break, it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, it’s as good as it gets from a weather standpoint.
With the arrival of this time of year there are a number of things that people should be paying attention heading into the winter months at the cabins. These are important items that affect not only comfort, but even more importantly, safety.
There are a lot more hours of darkness in winter than summer.
Heading into the season and weather, there are a number of important things that all cabin owners should do.
Check the stoves and pipes, make sure they are secure and in good working order. A chimney is also a critical component in the safety of fires. Make sure they are solid and secure to the cabin and all of the flashing both inside and out are in good shape to manage the heat that will be associated with the fires.
Check from the pipe exit from the stove, to the top of the chimney for any obstructions. Small birds or squirrels can occasionally set up housekeeping during the summer and create a dangerous scenario when the stove is first lit in the fall. Try to make sure that there is good dry wood for the stove to avoid any creosote issues in the pipes and chimney that go with the burning of a lot of green wood.
There can be a lot clutter in close proximity to the wood stove in the winter. At the end of most days there are boots, liners, gloves, toques and snowmobile suits that most times, finds there way near the stove to get dried out after a day outside. Get proper hooks and hangers and have them situated in an orderly fashion that is a safe distance from the stove.
Take time to do a good inspection outside the cabin, do a walk around and look closely for any small holes that will allow squirrels to get in. They will welcome the opportunity to set up housekeeping inside the roof rafters or the walls during the cold and unforgiving winter months. There can be no good to come from their feces in there and they are not above chewing away on any wires. This in and of itself can create yet another fire hazard.
Most cabin owners rely on generator power. Make sure the generator is secure and well vented through the shed wall. Check the feeder wires to be sure there are no frays or bare wire exposed. Also check the light fixtures and plugs to make sure they are tight and secure with no chance of a piece of unsecured wire causing a tiny spark that could result in a fire.
Most have propane for cooking. Make sure that the connecting lines from the tank to the stove have no leaks and are tightened solid. Check and be sure that the pilot lights are all lit and in good working order.
All of these simple safe guards are absolutely necessary and don’t take very long to do, all of these things should be an automatic action this time of year.
As people look forward to the many adventures at the cabins over the winter months, make sure to have done these fall chores.