The Montreal Public Health is applying its regional protection and prevention plan for extreme heat events.
Various measures will be strengthened or put in place in health and social services network facilities; our partners, the City of Montréal and Urgences-santé, will also be doing so. The measures are intended for hospitalized individuals, people staying in residences or living at home, as well as homeless people.
During a media scrum earlier today, Dr. David Kaiser from Montréal's regional public health department urged Montrealers to continue to be cautious for the next few days.
"After 5 hot days, even though temperatures will go down tomorrow, people more vulnerable to heat and their loved ones must remain cautious." After an episode of extreme heat, the effects of heat on health can last several days.
Air-conditioned areas in health facilities
The health network has set up air-conditioned areas where vulnerable individuals living at home can come to cool off. If needed, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is available to bring those individuals to these cooling off spots. Cool zones are also available for people in health facilities. In the context of the current pandemic, various measures have been put in place to ensure safe access to the zones.
Cooling spaces open to the population
The City of Montréal has also set up public air conditioned places and opened aquatic facilities that the public can access. Pools and beaches have been opening progressively since Saturday.
Door-to-door visits will be made throughout the day. City of Montréal prevention workers will be going to areas considered more vulnerable to make sure citizens are okay.
For people in home isolation
Given the current situation, we recommend that people who are currently in home isolation because of COVID-19 should go outdoors if they don't have air conditioning and it’s too hot inside their homes. However, they must follow strict instructions to ensure everyone’s safety:
- Wear a procedure mask or face covering.
- Before leaving your home: Put on a mask, and then wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Go to outdoor places only.
- Always stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
- Disinfect your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before going back inside.
Call for solidarity
Montréal’s health and social services network is asking the citizens to check in on vulnerable family members and friends, and to call 811 if a person seems to be in distress. People vulnerable to heat include older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses or mental health problems (including drug or alcohol addiction), and children under 4 years old.
For health and prevention advice, go to the About heat page or call Info-Santé at 811.
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.