Responding to an Extreme Heat Event
- Seek out an air-conditioned place to stay cool.
- Avoid engaging in any high-energy activities.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated.
- Never leave a child or animal alone in a vehicle.
- Call 911 if you or anyone around you experiences an altered level of consciousness.
During heat-related emergencies, be sure to check the status of your campus in case U of T operations are affected.
Many buildings on campus have air conditioning where you can cool down. Locally – libraries, community centers, and shopping malls can also serve as cooling sites.
Watch out for signs of heat-related illness:
- Heat cramps can cause muscle pains and spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs.
- Heat exhaustion can cause heavy sweating, pale skin, weakness, fainting, nausea and vomiting.
- Heat stroke can cause hot, red skin without sweating, a fast heart rate, and a loss of consciousness.
If heat-related illnesses occur, go to a cooler location, remove excess clothing, and take sips of cool water and/or sports drinks. Do not try to provide food or fluids to someone who has lost consciousness or is near fainting. If there is any altered level of consciousness, call 911 immediately.