Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Prolonged Heat Warning for Durham Region. The heat is expected to last through the rest of the week.
With a declared heat event in effect, the City of Oshawa is offering the use of cooling centres to stay cool.
They will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Cedar St., and the Arts Resource Centre, 45 Centre St., until Friday, July 10. Washrooms and drinking water are available.
City staff are following safety protocols to ensure users can practise physical distancing. Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the City’s public buildings welcome service animals, but pets cannot be accommodated.
Splash pads will extend operation hours until sunset through to Friday, July 10.
Lakeview Park Beach (weather permitting) will extend supervision hours until sunset until Friday, July 10. Access to the beach will be monitored and controlled between 11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. with a maximum of 500 visitors allowed on the beach at one time to enable physical distancing.
Learn more about cooling centres and options to beat the heat at www.oshawa.ca/staycool.
The Durham Region Health Department advises of protective actions one can take to beat the heat:
– If outdoors, drink plenty of water, seek shade and wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Don’t forget sunscreen, or try to reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
– Maintain physical distancing when checking in with vulnerable neighbours, friends and older family members.
– Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Outside temperatures of 23°C /73°F can become dangerously hot inside the car with temperatures becoming higher than 50°C/122°F inside the car, which can lead to serious illness and death. Anyone seeing a person or pet unattended in a hot vehicle at any time should call 911 immediately.
– There are ways to keep your home cool even without an air conditioner. Close curtains or blinds during the day, open windows to cool the household in the evening, use a fan.
– If work outside needs to be done, take extra breaks, drink a lot of water and wear less gear, if possible. Remember to ensure to maintain physical distancing and stay two metres (six feet) apart from co-workers and others.
– Durham Region outreach staff actively patrol the city to refer individuals without shelter or in need of services to resources in the community. If someone is in need of immediate emergency shelter call 911 or visit the Region of Durham’s Emergency Shelters webpage or the city’s unsheltered webpage at www.oshawa.ca/unsheltered.