- Health Topics
- Hot Weather Safety
- Hot Weather Safety Guidelines: Homeless Shelters and Outreach Programs
The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit recommends the following steps to be taken to prevent heat related illness:
During an Extreme Heat Alert
Advise people to:
- Stay cool
- Stay hydrated
- Check on other homeless friends/neighbours
Follow Heat Alert Guidelines AND
- Strongly suggest that the homeless seek cool shelter either at a shopping mall, library or known homeless shelter in the area.
- Work with the local emergency medical system to get help for those exhibiting signs of heat illness.
During a Heat Alert
- Keep cool
- Stay hydrated
- Check on friends and neighbours
Follow the General Guidelines AND
- If possible, increase street patrols and mobile outreach during heat alerts.
- If possible, provide or extend hours for cool spaces.
- Inform and direct people to cooler locations, such as a shopping mall, library, recreational centre or shelter services.
- If possible, provide plain water and light weight clothing.
- If possible, provide bus tickets to homeless people trying to reach services/hostels.
Haldimand Norfolk Shelter Operators:
- Please review your operating procedures related to hot weather.
Haldimand Norfolk Outreach Team:
- Be aware that children, seniors and those with chronic illnesses are most vulnerable. Some medical conditions and medications may increase sensitivity to the heat.
- Inform and direct people to services and agencies for the homeless through street patrols and mobile outreach.
- If possible, monitor people who refuse to take shelter.
- Be aware of signs and symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Follow first aid procedures promptly.
Adapted with permission from Peel Public Health