Heat alert issued for city of Guelph

Keep cool at City pools, libraries, City Hall, community centres and Market Square’s interactive water feature

Guelph, On, June 21, 2013 – Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has issued its first heat alert of 2013. The heat alert is in effect tomorrow, Saturday, for Waterloo-Wellington and is expected to last until about mid-week with the humidex anticipated to climb above 40.

The City of Guelph reminds residents that City pools, Market Square’s interactive water feature, air-conditioned City Hall, libraries, and community centres are open to residents and visitors looking for a place to keep cool during the heat alert.

Visit guelph.ca/cooling centres for a list of locations and hours City facilities are open during a heat alert.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health advises people to do the following during a heat alert:

  • Stay out of the sun
  • Drink lots of water
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
  • Stay in air-conditioned places

Seniors and young children are particularly at risk during heat and smog-related weather conditions. Residents are encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are okay, especially isolated adults and seniors, who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illnesses.

Look for the Blue W decal on business windows in Guelph—including restaurants, City facilities and businesses—to fill your reusable bottle with healthy, safe municipal tap water, free-of-charge as part of the Blue W program. Visit bluew.org for a list of participating locations.

For more information on extreme heat and your health, visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at wdgpublichealth.ca or call 519-846-2715 x 2673 or toll-free at 1-800-265-7293 x 2673. For information on pet safety during extreme heat, please contact the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091.

For more information

Colleen Clack
Interim Executive Director, Community and Social Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2588
colleen.clack@guelph.ca

Harry Dunning
Manager, Administration and Emergency Preparedness
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2127
harry.dunning@guelph.ca

Shawn Zentner
Manager, Health Protection
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
519-846-2715 extension 4675
shawn.zentner@wdgpublichealth.ca