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: ** Fireworks **
* 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 ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/fire-services/fireworks-safety-tips) **
More regulations and requirements are listed on the ** Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca . ** ** 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 ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/hot-weather) ** and take action immediately * Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated when active or outdoors * Be ** [ Sun Smart ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/sun-safety) ** - 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 ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/fire-services/barbeques-balconies) ** * ** [ Campfires/Outdoor Fireplaces ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/fire-services/burn-permits) **
** ** ** Alcohol ** 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.