Municipal facilities in Laval where you can cool off
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and as directed by the Public Health authorities, a number of municipal facilities are closed or partially open at the present time.
Press release of June 18, 2020:
Mesures d'atténuation durant la canicule
Oppressive and extreme heat: general documentation and information
Oppressive heat is when the temperature climbs to 30°C or higher and the humidex (temperature and humidity combined) reaches 40°C or more. In such cases, Environment Canada issues an oppressive heat and humidity warning.
extreme heat is when the weighted average minimum temperature is equal to or above 20°C and the weighted average maximum temperature is equal to or above 33°C, for 3 consecutive days, or if, for 2 consecutive nights, the temperature remains above 25°C. In such situations, the Direction de la santé publique de Laval issues an extreme heat warning.
High heat episodes, which are not uncommon during the summer months, may cause discomfort even when the heat is not oppressive or extreme. Normal precautions are therefore recommended throughout the season.
Some people are more likely to be affected by heat than others. More precautions must be taken in the case of:
- young children, especially 4-year-olds and under
- seniors 65-year-olds and over living in a non-air-conditioned environment
- people with certain chronic illnesses or mental health problems or those taking certain medication or consuming drugs or alcohol
- people living in an urban heat island without access to air conditioning, those living alone and no longer fully self-sufficient
- low-income earners
- workers and athletic people carrying out demanding physical activities or working in a particularly hot environment
The effects of heat can be worsened when there is little wind or no air circulation indoors.
Symptoms to watch for
Quebec Government's website explains the effects of oppressive and extreme heat on health.
Symptoms to watch for in adults:
- general discomfort
- extreme fatigue
- dizziness, confusion, balance difficulties, erratic behaviour
- nausea, vomiting
- unusual headaches
- difficulty breathing
- chest pains
- swelling of the lower limbs
- muscle cramps
- chills and sudden onset of high fever
Symptoms to watch for in babies and children:
- unusual restlessness
- irritability or confusion
- drowsiness, prolonged sleep and difficulty waking up
- difficulty breathing
- abnormal skin colour, turning pale or red
- hollow, dark-circled eyes
- dark urine and reduced urination
- vomiting, diarrhea
If one of these symptoms occurs, it may reflect pathology related to the heat and the person must be seen by a doctor immediately.
These symptoms are intended only as a guide and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions about your health condition, call Info-Santé at 811.
What to do?
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- Drink before getting thirsty but avoid alcoholic beverages, and beverages with high caffeine and sugar content
- Spend at least two hours per day in an air conditioned or cool area
- Take a shower or a cool bath or freshen up by using a cool and humid towel
- Avoid physical activity or intense prolonged sport, or cut down on physical effort
- Set up your home to limit the amount of heat that comes in (install an air conditioner or fan, close blinds and curtains during the day and open them at night, create drafts, etc.)
- Protect yourself from the sun with light and pale colour clothing and a hat
- Never leave a child alone inside a vehicle or a poorly ventilated room
- Check on relatives; specifically ones with reduced autonomy or living alone
People at risk and those around them can familiarize themselves with the right habits to adopt in times of extreme heat. Consult the recommendations published by the Québec government (It's really HOT! (PDF, 497 KB)).
It is also available in French and has been translated, as well, into Arabic, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Creole, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (PDF, 497 KB).
Call for solidarity
Visit frequently with neighbours, friends and family members who are older, isolated and those with chronic illness or mental health conditions in order to ensure their health does not deteriorate.
Landlords of apartment buildings are encouraged to check on their tenants to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
Links to Internet sites with more information
Quebec Government - The health effects of heat
Quebec Government - Preventing the effects of heat
Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Laval - Heat
Urgence-Québec - Oppressive or extreme heat
Commision des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail - Travailleur à la chaleur... attention!
Links to PDF documents (mostly in French)
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec - Précautions à prendre pour les enfants en période de grande chaleur, 497 Kb
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec - Mesures de prévention additionnelles pour les personnes plus vulnérables à la chaleur, 589 Kb
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec - It's really hot!, 700 Kb