Extreme heat: Start of the seasonal watch
Summer's almost here!
Today marks the beginning of the regional public health department, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal’s seasonal watch, will stay in effect until 30 September 2018.
The health network is ready to take action whenever necessary to ensure the health and well-being of Montréal’s vulnerable populations.
People at Risk
Everyone should take precautions during heat or extreme heat episodes, but some people are more at risk than others, namely:
- elderly people
- people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular, respiratory, renal or neurological diseases and people with mental health problems or drug or alcohol problems
- 0- to 4-year-old children.
What can you do to prevent problems and protect yourself?
When it is very hot, you need to:
- spend a few hours a day in a cool and preferably air-conditioned place;
- drink a lot of water, without waiting to be thirsty; and
- reduce your level of physical exertion.
- The families and friends of elderly people and of people with chronic diseases or mental health problems or drug or alcohol problems should check in on them regularly during heat waves to make sure that they are taking the recommended preventive measures and to give them any help they may need.
For more information, visit Heat and extreme heat