Extreme Heat Relief

** The City has activated both cooling centres, open today, from 11 am to 3pm - details below.**

Extreme heat is associated with a number of health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke or more serious effects, such as cardiovascular-related disease and/or death. Cooling centers can provide relief and protection for vulnerable populations who may be at an increased risk for heat-related illnesses.

Heat Stroke is a medical emergency. Learn more about heat stroke, who is at high-risk, and what to do about it at niagararegion.ca.

Check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those at high-risk of heat stroke and other medical emergencies.

Emergency Cooling Centre Activation

Emergency Cooling Centres will open in the City of Niagara Falls when the weather, as reported by Environment Canada, reaches:

  • A humidex is 40°C or higher for two consecutive days, or
  • A daily temperatures is expected to reach 31°C or higher and overnight temperatures are at least 20°C or higher, for two consecutive days.

    Emergency Cooling Centres will close when the extreme heat warning is terminated by Environment Canada.

Emergency Cooling Centre Locations

City of Niagara Falls Cooling Centres during COVID-19 will be located at:

  • Activated as of July 2, 2020 Gale Centre Arena - 5152 Thorold Stone Road - Memorial Room
    • Hours of Operation: 11am to 3pm
  • Activated as of July 2, 2020 Niagara Falls Public Library - Victoria Branch Only - 4848 Victoria Avenue - LaMarsh Room
    • Hours of Operation: 11am to 3pm

Please do not attend a cooling centre if you:

  • Have had close contact with anyone with acute respiratory illness  or travelled outside of Ontario in the past 14 days.
  • Have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Have any of the following symptoms: fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches [myalgias], nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye [conjunctivitis], runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause.
  • Are 70 years of age or older, and are experiencing any of the following: delirium, unexplained or increased number of falls, acute functional decline, or worsening of chronic conditions.

Precautions to take during high heat alerts 

(from the Niagara Region Department of Public Health)

  • Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day
  • Rest frequently in shaded areas
  • Drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by your physician)
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
  • Dress in cool, loose clothing and shade your head with a hat or umbrella
  • Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed

Update on Outdoor Cooling Stations

The City's seven splash pads and five swimming pools will open for the season on July 1, 2020, pending Provincial authorization to proceed with opening.

  • Due to COVID-19 a number of steps being taken in the cooling centers to address the risks including:

    • All cooling centers shall undertake active (ask screening questions) and passive (signage) screening for staff, volunteers and clients.
    • Physical distancing measures will be undertaken on site to ensure a 2m separation is maintained.
    • Non-medical masks or face coverings (e.g. homemade cloth mask, dust mask, bandana, or scarf) are strongly recommended for clients using the cooling center. Wearing a mask may not protect you from COVID-19, but it may protect others from your respiratory droplets and germs.
    • Facilities are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
    • Supplies will be on hand for proper hand hygiene, including pump soap, warm running water and paper towels or hot air dryers.