Stay safe during extreme heat

Man drinking water

And remember not to leave pets or kids in hot cars!

It’s going to be a hot one! A heat warning is in effect for the remainder of the week for Vaughan – and extreme temperatures can be dangerous for everyone, especially outdoor workers, older adults, some people living with disabilities and children, particularly infants.


Here are some tips to beat the heat from the City of Vaughan:


If you feel dizzy, weak or overheated:

  • go to a cool place.
  • sit or lie down.
  • drink water.
  • wash your face with cool water.
  • avoid exercising during the warmest parts of the day.


If your symptoms persist, seek medical help immediately. Be sure to check on older family members. Never leave pets or children in hot cars.


When indoors …

  • Stay inside to limit sun exposure.
  • Close blinds and curtains during the hottest times of the day. You can cover windows with tinfoil-covered cardboard to reflect sunlight.
  • Take frequent cool showers or baths.
  • Stay on lower floors if there is no air conditioning.
  • Drink water and eat light, regular meals. Avoid consuming salt, caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
  • Avoid using large appliances such as stoves, ovens, washers and dryers. Prepare meals that do not require cooking.


When outdoors …

  • Spend the hottest part of the day in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Drink water every 15 to 20 minutes, even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Dress in light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face.
  • Wear full UVA and UVB protection sunglasses.
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher at least 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Apply lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.


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