City provides health and safety tips for Canada Day celebrations


The City of Ottawa wants to provide health and safety tips to help make your Canada Day celebrations memorable – for all the right reasons.



The following tips are courtesy of Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Fire Services, By-law and Regulatory Services and Security and Emergency Management:




  • Purchase fireworks from a reputable retailer and follow the label directions
  • Fireworks must be discharged on private property, and by someone 18 years or older
  • Fireworks must not cause danger to or nuisance any person and other property
  • If you are heading downtown to see the fireworks, keep within designated areas only—fences protect you from danger, do not climb over them to get a better vantage point of the fireworks
  • Fireworks often frighten pets. Leave them in the safety and comfort of home
  • Fireworks safety tips


More regulations and requirements are listed on the Fireworks By-law on


General safety


  • Check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly – including planning ahead where you will seek shelter in adverse weather
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness and take action immediately
  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated when active or outdoors
  • Be Sun Smart – wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and light and loose clothing
  • Do not bring glass containers downtown as they may accidently break and cause serious injuries to you or someone else
  • Wear proper and comfortable shoes and footwear
  • If you take medication, bring it with you and include a current list of prescribed medications
  • If you do not feel well, please stay home
  • Keep a close eye on children and teach them to stay where they are if they get separated from you and know where the nearest lost child tent is located
  • If celebrating Canada Day at home, avoid any disturbance to your neighbours by keeping the music down after 11 p.m.
  • BBQ tips
  • Campfires/Outdoor Fireplaces



If consuming alcohol, drink responsibly, stay in control and never drink and drive. You can reduce your risk of injury by following Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines


For more information, or for more tips, visit ottawa/ca or call 3-1-1.

OttawaStart Staff


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