Heat alert issued for Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering and Durham Region

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Published May 30, 2022 at 4:17 pm

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Heat Alert for Durham Region and Oshawa for today, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31.

The City of Oshawa’s Splash Pads will offer extended hours of operation until sunset on those days.

Splash pads are located at the following parks:

  • Baker Park
  • Delpark Homes Centre (accessible splash pad)
  • Easton Park
  • Glen Stewart Park
  • Lake Vista Park
  • Mackenzie Park
  • Northview Park
  • Sandy Hawley Park

The splash pad at Lakeview Park is currently closed for repairs.

Pickering is also opening up its recreation centres and Ajax its libraries as cooling stations for those who need a respite from the heat.

Durham Region Health Department advises of protective actions you can take to beat the heat:

  • If you do go outdoors, drink plenty of water, seek shade and wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Or try to reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
  • Maintain physical distancing when checking in with vulnerable neighbours, friends and older family members.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Outside temperatures of 23°C /73°F can become dangerously hot inside the car with temperatures becoming higher than 50°C/122°F inside the car, which can lead to serious illness and death. Anyone seeing a person or pet unattended in a hot vehicle at any time should call 911 immediately.
  • There are ways to keep your home cool even without an air conditioner. Close curtains or blinds during the day, open windows to cool your household in the evening, use a fan.
  • If you must work outside or do physical activity outdoors, take extra breaks, drink lots of water and wear less gear, if possible. Remember to ensure to maintain physical distancing and stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart from co-workers and others.
  • Durham Region outreach staff actively patrol the city to refer individuals without shelter or in need of services to resources in the community. If you see or know someone in need of immediate emergency shelter call 9-1-1 or visit the Region of Durham’s Emergency Shelters webpageor the City’s Unsheltered webpage at oshawa.ca/unsheltered.

 

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