Amid the current extreme heat conditions, the City of Longueuil received authorization this morning from the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie to open up splash pads to give citizens a place to cool off.
Note that the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie has authorized this measure only for as long as the extreme heat warning lasts, and that citizens must respect the two-metre physical distancing rule. The City will increase onsite surveillance at the splash pads to make sure citizens are complying with these measures.
Splash pads open
The splash pads at the following parks will be open today, from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
- Parc de la Cité (Saint-Hubert borough)
- Parc Catherine-Primot (Vieux-Longueuil borough)
- Parc Marquette (Vieux-Longueuil borough)
- Parc René-Veillet (Greenfield Park borough)
Triggering of the special response plan
Citizens will recall that the City of Longueuil has a special response plan (Plan particulier d'intervention pour les épisodes de chaleur) which outlines the measures to take in a heatwave. These measures are triggered as soon as an extreme heat warning is announced by the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie. The City has updated its plan to reflect the new health guidelines implemented in response to the pandemic.
In addition to opening certain splash pads, the City will also perform wellness checks on vulnerable individuals and share information with citizens about how best to cope with a heatwave. The City is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take all necessary actions in collaboration with the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie.
Review of safety measures
The City of Longueuil would like to remind the general public, especially senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions, of the following safety measures to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses. The City also invites citizens to pay attention to family members and neighbours who may be at risk of being affected by the heat.
- When you go outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat or use a parasol to protect yourself from the sun.
- Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.
- Limit physical activity, especially in the midday hours when temperatures are highest.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Close your blinds and curtains to keep your home cool.
- Open all your windows at night if it is cooler outdoors than indoors.
- Use air conditioning to cool your home.
- If you have to work outdoors during the heat wave, drink at least one glass of water every 20 minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Work at a pace that is appropriate for your heat tolerance. Take breaks in the shade or in a cool place.
For more information on the location and hours of operation of emergency reception centres, dial 311 to contact the Citizen Service Center.
For more tips for dealing with extreme heat, you can also visit www.longueuil.quebec/en/oppressive-heat.
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