When it's hot out there... come in here! Your local library branch offers air-conditioned comfort—and there's always plenty to do, too.
When Halton Region issues a heat warning, all open library branches are designated official cooling centres, and pets may come inside with their owners to cool off.
Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions could pose a serious risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Extreme heat affects everyone. Those especially at risk include:
- Older adults
- Infants and young children
- Pregnant women
- People who work or exercise in the heat
- People without adequate housing or those without air conditioning
- People who have chronic illnesses, breathing difficulties, heart or kidney problems, or take heat-sensitive medications
Quick tips on how to take action and protect your health:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you’re thirsty
- Avoid sun exposure – wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
- Take a break from the heat by going somewhere cool
- Try to schedule strenuous jobs for a cooler part of the day
- Use sunscreen
NEVER IGNORE SYMPTOMS!
If you or someone you know experiences rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, headache, or confusion, seek shade, drink water, and get medical help right away.