Media Release: Public Health is Reminding Residents How to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

June 17, 2024

Environment Canada has issued a heat alert for the region, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is advising residents to take precautions to stay safe and stay cool. During times of extreme heat, it is important to avoid sun exposure and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water even before feeling thirsty. 

High heat and humidity pose a significant risk of heat-related illness, especially for older adults, infants and children, people with chronic illness, and people who work outdoors. Additionally, air quality can worsen during very hot days, further increasing health risks. It’s important to regularly check the Air Quality Health Index and follow Government of Canada health messages to protect yourself and your family. 

Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says, “Extreme heat can have serious health consequences, especially for those at higher risk. It is crucial to keep yourself and your loved ones cool and check on family, friends and neighbours who may need assistance during this time.” 

Learn how to do a health check with neighbours and loved ones. Keep yourself cool by wearing loose fitting, light-coloured clothing, taking cool showers or baths or visiting a pool or splash pad. Keep your home cool by closing shades and blinds and avoid using the oven. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting air-conditioned places like community centres, grocery stores or libraries. Remember to never leave pets or children in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight. 

For more information on how to stay safe during extreme heat, please visit our Extreme Heat web page


Media Contact 

Danny Williamson 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 

1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376