WHAT TO DO WHEN IT’S REALLY HOT
Who is most vulnerable to heat?
- Older people (aged 65 and over)
- People with chronic diseases
- People with mental health problems (especially schizophrenia and alcohol or drug addiction)
- Children 0 to 4 years old are also vulnerable to heat.
What can you do to help people vulnerable to heat?
- Check in on them regularly.
- Make sure they are following prevention advice and offer to find them help, if needed.
- Make sure they can spend time in a cool or air-conditioned place.
How can you prevent heat-related health problems?
- Drink a lot of water, even before you feel thirsty.
- Spend 2 to 3 hours a day in a cool, preferably air-conditioned place.
- Take at least 1 cool shower or bath a day, or cool your skin with a wet washcloth several times a day.
- Reduce physical effort.
To find out more, see the information sheet It’s really hot! (PDF).
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Children 0 to 4 years old
To find out about precautions to take, see the documentation (PDF).
- This document for parents and other caregivers of children 0 to 4 years old is available in other languages: anglais, arabe, bengali, chinois simplifié, espagnol, farsi, grec, haïtien, hindi, italien, portugais, punjabi, russe, tagalog, tamil, vietnamien et yiddish (PDF).
What are the symptoms to watch for?
- Exhaustion (fatigue)
- Dehydration (dry mouth)
If these symptoms are present, call Info-Santé at 811 or consult a health professional.
If there is fever in addition to those symptoms, this may be heatstroke, which is a medical emergency. In this case, call 9-1-1 to get help.
- See the map of refreshment points and air-conditioned public places in the City of Montreal.