Extreme heat warning from the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie: Longueuil reminds citizens of safety measures and calls for caution

Following the extreme heat warning issued today by the Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie, the City of Longueuil would like to remind citizens of a few safety measures, more specifically in the specific context of the COVID-19 which results in the City's facilities being closed to the public.

Since Longueuil is already in emergency mode in the context of COVID-19, the City will adapt its monitoring specifically to extreme heat. Longueuil remains in close contact with public health authorities and will be ready to take action if the situation requires it.

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.

  1. When you go outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat or use a parasol to protect yourself from the sun.
  2. Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.
  3. Limit physical activity, especially in the midday hours when temperatures are highest.
  4. Drink plenty of water.
  5. Close your blinds and curtains to keep your home cool.
  6. Open all your windows at night if it is cooler outdoors than indoors.
  7. Use air conditioning to cool your home.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 longueuil.quebec/en/oppressive-heat.

About Longueuil
Modern and forward-facing, Longueuil is the central city of the Agglomération de Longueuil, home to more than 430,000 residents. Longueuil is renowned for the quality of its essential public services, its rich and varied cultural programming, and its strong potential for economic development. With a history dating back 360 years, Longueuil is also a vibrant and welcoming city with a remarkable quality of life where families can thrive, surrounded by expansive green spaces, peaceful residential and urban neighbourhoods, and a booming business sector.