Summer Heat Safety

The BFES Communications Branch processes calls regarding heat-related conditions each summer. This page contains information to help you and your pets stay safe in the summer heat.

Heat-related Illness

Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1 and ask for an ambulance if you or someone you're with exhibits signs or symptoms of a heat-related illness, then follow up with first aid measures.

According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, conditions and symptoms of a heat-related illness can include:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Extreme thirst
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Behavioural changes in children
  • Rapid heartbeat and/or breathing

Ways to Stay Cool

  • Find somewhere to keep cool or cool down, like a place with air conditioning, a pool, or splash pad;
  • Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated;
  • Avoid heavy physical exercise in extreme heat;
  • Only plug air conditioners directly into wall outlets, never use extension cords;
  • Keep blinds closed during the day to keep your rooms cooler;
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan to move the air around, to help evaporate sweat and make you feel cooler;
  • Use cool cloths on the back of your neck;
  • Submerge your forearms in cool water to lower your core temperature.

Refer to the health unit's Heat Health Effects for more information on extreme heat and ways to stay cool.

Summer Heat & Your Pets

Your pets feel the heat just like you do! Pets should never be left unattended in a hot vehicle. They can be put at risk of serious illness and possibly death. Temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly become much hotter than the temperature outside.

The Fire Protection and Prevention Act allows firefighters to enter vehicles to rescue and remove animals in distress. If you see an animal in a hot car in distress and are concerned the animal's life is in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not enter the vehicle.