Beating The Heat: Precautions, cooling centres, fire bans, watering bans

Protect yourself during extended heat warning

With an extended heat warning in place for Barrie, Simcoe County, parts of Muskoka and the GTA the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offers the following advice to avoid overheating:

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – that’s a sign that your body is already becoming dehydrated
  • Stay cool indoors
  • If you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing
  • Electric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation, however, when conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illness
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum
  • Draw blinds or curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes

Infants and young children, the frail elderly and people with chronic lung conditions or taking certain prescription drugs are more vulnerable to harm from overheating. Check on them to ensure they are safe.

For more information about extreme heat, visit the health unit’s website or call Health Connection weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 721-7520 (1-877-721-7520).

COOLING CENTRES

  • BARRIE – Transit Terminal at 24 Maple Avenue – time limits in place to keep within the maximum number of people allowed in the facility at one time and allow for turnover.
  • INNISFIL – Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library, Lakeshore and Cookstown branches, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. No access to library materials, resources, or computers.
  • COLLINGWOOD – Central Park Arena – 11 a.m. until the humidity breaks in the evening.

BURN BANS

  • GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP – A total fire ban means no fires of any type, including those for cooking or warmth, and no fireworks permitted.
  • GRAVENHURST – The Forest Fire Danger Rating has been elevated to “Extreme” for the Town of Gravenhurst. A total fire ban is now in effect, which means absolutely NO burning at any time, including fires for cooking or warmth.
  • MIDLAND/PENETANGUISHENE – With the current dry conditions, an open-air fire ban is in effect until further notice
  • MUSKOKA– Fire Danger rating is HIGH – No daytime burning permitted-avoid burning unless absolutely necessary
  • ORILLIA – Due to the extreme heat and dry weather conditions all outdoor fires are prohibited in the City of Orillia until further notice. 
  • SEVERN – Township of Severn is issuing an immediate fire ban due to extremely dry conditions. All open-air burning is prohibited in Severn to help ensure public safety.
  • TAY – Open-air fire ban is in effect
  • TINY – Open-air fire ban is in effect

WATERING RESTRICTIONS

  • BARRIE – lawn watering restrictions are in effect as per the “Careful Use” (Level 0) guidelines: Consumers with even/odd municipal addresses will water accordingly on even/odd-numbered calendar days between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Watering of trees, flowers and shrubs is allowed; use of recreational sprinklers are allowed
  • INNISFIL – Due to an extended period of hot, dry weather, Innisfil has issued a stage 2 outdoor water use ban. No watering plants, washing vehicles, driveways or siding, and no water toys, slides or sprinklers.
  • NEW TECUMSETH – Residents, businesses and corporations may ONLY use water for the purpose of watering grass and other uses related to landscaping during these times only: even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days between 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and odd-numbered property addresses on odd-numbered calendar days between 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • TINY – a ban has been placed on lawn watering and outdoor hose use, including but not limited to washing vehicles, slip-and-slides, recreational sprinklers, etc. Filling a watering can to water plants is permitted, but direct watering from a hose or sprinkler system is prohibited.