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Risks in Montreal

What to do during extreme heat


  • Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your family with basic items so that you can be independent for 72 hours
  • Stay informed of the risks of extreme heat
  • Find out if your loved ones are at risk (seniors, people with chronic illnesses, people with mental health issues or drug or alcohol addictions, children under four)
  • Stock up on water and sports drinks
  • Find air-conditioned places (air-conditioned rest areas, libraries, shopping centres and theatres) near you
  • Have phone numbers close at hand that you may need if there is a problem, like Info-Santé (811)
  • Subscribe to alerts - To receive notices and alerts by e-mail or text message, you must create an account.
  • Subscribe to community alert service


  • Consult the list of air conditioned public places and places to cool off in the Montréal agglomeration (in French)
  • Visit the Santé Montréal site for information in English and other languages
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water each day without waiting until you are thirsty unless there is a medical contra-indication
  • Rest frequently in a cool place, in air conditioning or the shade, to help the body return to its normal temperature (two hours each day)
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Protect yourself from the sun (You can get the UV index for Montreal on the Weather Network)
  • Take a cold bath or shower or cool off with a wet towel
  • Check on at-risk people in your network and offer them assistance
  • Stay informed of the situation (follow the Facebook or Twitter accounts of the City of Montreal and your city / borough)
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing


  • Continue to rest and stay hydrated
  • Air out your home

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