Heading into the Victoria Day Long Weekend, the North Hastings area can expect to see a huge increase in cottagers.

North Hastings Fire Chief Pat Hoover says it’s important everyone remember that daytime burning is prohibited in the region.

Hoover is also reminding cottagers to check the batteries and expiry dates of their smoke and CO alarms, and replace them if needed.

Madawaska Valley’s Fire Chief Corwin Quade (kwad) says home safety inspections have showed more people are taking fire safety seriously in the area.

You can check the status of the fire danger meter for the Madawaska Valley here and Hastings Highlands here.

With files from: Andreas Pandikiu