Safety and precaution urged during heat warning

City of Brantford

BRANTFORD, ON – The public is urged to take precautions as the Medical Officer of Health for the Brant County Health Unit has issued a heat warning, effective June 9, 2020. A heat warning is issued when Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts a maximum daily temperature higher than 31 degrees Celsius during the day and a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius during the evening, or a humidex higher than 40 degrees Celsius. The alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

Everyone is at risk from extreme heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, people who work or exercise in the heat and those with certain chronic medical conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness may include: extreme thirst and decreased urination, dizziness or fainting, rapid breathing, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Also, please check on friends, family and neighbours frequently during heat events, and even after the weather cools off, as they may still feel negative health impacts as a result of the heat.

Prevention, Treatment and Safety Tips:

  • Seek shelter in a cool shaded place
  • Sit or lie down and apply cool water to your face
  • Drink water every fifteen to twenty minutes, stay in the shade as much as possible and apply sunscreen lotion and UVA and/or wear UVB protected sunglasses if you must be outdoors
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked vehicle
  • Avoid extreme physical activity outdoors during while the heat warning is in effect
  • Wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool bath/shower or cool down with wet towels
  • Avoid heavy meals and using your oven
  • Keep electric lights turned off, and window coverings (such as curtains & blinds) closed

City Facilities and Public Amenities during ongoing COVID-19 response

Please note that in response to the provincial announcement yesterday June 8, 2020 with respect to Brantford being approved to proceed with Stage 2 reopening plans, the City of Brantford is currently working on a local plan to gradually reopen select City facilities and public amenities. Plans will be announced publicly as soon as they are finalized. As the health and safety of the public and City staff remains the City of Brantford’s top priority, we appreciate the public’s understanding while we work to ensure that openings of any City facilities or public amenities are conducted as safely and thoughtfully as possible.

For more information regarding how to stay safe during a heat wave, please contact Public Health at (519) 753-4937 or visit the Brant County Health Unit website.


Media Contact:
Maria Visocchi Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 |