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 ottawa.ca.
- 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.