Environment Canada is forecasting a heat wave for Montréal, lasting until Friday. Montréal’s regional public health department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of preventive measures to take when it’s very hot:
- Spend a few hours a day in a cool or air-conditioned place such as a movie theatre or shopping mall.
- Drink water regularly, even before you feel thirsty.
- Reduce physical effort.
- Never leave a child alone in a car or poorly ventilated room.
- Check in on family and friends who are sick or elderly and, if needed, take them to an air-conditioned place.
Although anyone can suffer from the heat, older people and children aged 0 to 4 years are more vulnerable, since it may be difficult for them to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
In addition, some people with physical or mental health problems can see their health conditions worsen during heat waves: people with heart, lung or kidney diseases, diabetes or mental health problems, including alcohol or drug addiction.
If you have any questions about health, contact Info-Santé at 8-1-1. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
For more information about heat waves: santemontreal.ca/aboutextremeheat
- Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal