Fire safety remains a priority during the long weekend

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City of Ottawa

Ottawa residents are being reminded that a burn ban remains in effect during the Colonel By Day long weekend (August 4 to 6) and to continue to use caution when using ignition sources, such as candles or barbeques, due to the increased risk of fire as a result of dry and hot weather.

Ottawa Fire Services has temporarily suspended all public fireworks displays within the City because of the heightened potential for grass or brush fires. Residents are reminded that setting off fireworks this long weekend is not permitted under the City of Ottawa's Fireworks By-law, which restricts the use of fireworks to Victoria Day and Canada Day, and the day before and after those days.

Even with recent bouts of rain, the burn ban remains in effect this long weekend.

Residents should also be extra cautious when cooking outdoors and ensure that barbeques are not left unattended and all smouldering materials, such as charcoal, are completely extinguished with water.

For more information about the burn ban and fire safety tips visit ottawa.ca.