Heat Alert/Summer Tips
The City of Welland has established a cooling station to enable residents to get relief from the outdoors when a heat alert is in effect. When a heat alert is issued by Environment Canada, the city’s cooling station will be available at the East Main Street Welland Transit Terminal, 160 East Main Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Please take precautions during episodes of extreme heat and humidity to keep you and your family safe. Be aware that seniors, young children, and people with disabilities are most vulnerable in extreme heat and humidity. Pets are also vulnerable and depend on their owners to keep them safe from extreme heat. Please don’t leave pets or children unattended in vehicles.
Signs of heat-related illness may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and headache.
Here are steps to minimize heat-related illness:
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities during cooler parts of the day. Rest frequently in shady areas, and drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician).
- Never leave infants or young children unattended in high heat. Dress them in cool, loose clothing, and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Ensure infants and children are protected with sunscreen.
- People over 65 years of age may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Stay in cool ventilated places.
- Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat sickness. Consult your doctor if you feel signs of confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and/or a headache.
Staying Cool in the City
Here’s a dozen quick tips to get you through the hot spell:
- Avoid wearing face coverings: Stick to physical distancing when you can during a hot spell. Face coverings will make you feel even hotter and could pose a risk to your health
- Stay Hydrated: drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine or alcohol
- Block out the Sun: keep blinds and curtains shut to keep the sun out
- Dress for the occasion: light cotton clothing is best
- Cool down your hot zones: A bottle filled with ice water feels great on your ankles, behind the knees, wrists, elbow bends, neck, or temples
- BBQ season is here: cooking, especially with the oven, will heat up your house. Enjoy more BBQ food
- You are what you eat: Switch your diet to cool salads and chilled fruits.
- Popsicles: Store bought or homemade popsicles are a fun way to stay cool
- Bath in the blue: Switch your warm bath or shower to a cool one. This will cool you down before starting your day in the morning, or cool you down before bed if you bath in the evenings
- It’s all in the flow: Try to create air circulation in your home. Fans bringing air through the house will help, and ceiling fans that can bring air upwards will bring the heat upwards
- Exercise early or later: It’s important to stay fit, but exercise should be designated to early morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler
- Shade is your friend: When outside, stay in shaded areas and keep hydrated