The County of Brant has opened a temporary cooling centre in response to heat warning

BRANT COUNTY – In response to a heat warning issued by Brant County’s Medical Officer of Health, the County of Brant has opened a temporary cooling centre in the lobby of the Syl Apps Community Centre.

The centre will operate daily from 10 AM – 4 PM for the duration of the heat advisory. The county says to protect the community’s well-being and safety, staff and public visitors will be required to follow both physical distancing and hygiene protocols at the centre.

A heat warning is issued when Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts a maximum daily temperature higher than 31 degrees Celsius during the day and a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius during the evening, or a humidex higher than 40 degrees Celsius.

The health unit reminds residents everyone is at risk from extreme heat. However, older adults, infants, young children, people who work or exercise in the heat, and those with certain chronic medical conditions may be more susceptible to illness.

Symptoms of heat-related illness may include extreme thirst and decreased urination, dizziness or fainting, rapid breathing, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat.

The health unit encourages anyone experiencing any symptoms due to extreme heat to seek medical attention immediately.