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Stay cool and stay safe in the hot summer weather

Kids playing in water at local splash pad

Kids playing in water at local splash padKawartha Lakes – Recent extreme temperatures are expected to persist into late July and August. This kind of weather can pose severe health risks. The municipality is committed to ensuring that all residents and visitors stay safe from the effects of extreme heat. Visit for tips on how to stay cool and safe.

Know where to go to help beat the heat

For those who may not have air conditioning and are looking for a place to cool off, the municipality offers the following to help you beat the heat:

  • Public Swimming at the Lindsay Recreation Complex and the Forbert Pool (Bobcaygeon)
  • Splash pads are located at Tommy Anderson Park (Bobcaygeon), Elgin Park (Lindsay), Logie Park (Lindsay), and Garnet Graham Park (Fenelon Falls). They are open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm. The Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes also has a splash pad on Lindsay Street South (Lindsay) which is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and statutory holidays from 10am to 5pm.
  • Public Skating at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre
  • All Public Library branches have air conditioning
  • A list of all public beaches is available on the Kawartha Lakes website. Don’t forget to check the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s local beaches page to ensure the beach is safe for swimming prior to jumping in!

Support local and beat the heat

Downtowns across the municipality will be hosting events throughout the month and they’re never far from the water or a place to cool down! View the events calendar on our website to learn more.

You can also subscribe to our events calendar to stay up-to-date on everything that’s happening throughout the municipality.  

Heat alerts: Stay informed

During the warmer months, Environment Canada will caution certain areas about extreme heat through heat alerts. Heat warnings will always be shared 12-18 hours in advance of the heat event. Visit or subscribe to our newsroom to stay informed.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke: What to do

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in order to protect yourself and those you know from falling ill.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Having a headache
  • Profuse sweating
  • Irritability
  • Having a weak or rapid pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Experiencing muscle cramps

Treating heat exhaustion:

  • Move into the shade or an air-conditioned space
  • Loosen clothing or remove as much clothing as possible
  • Drink cool water or non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages like sports drinks to help restore electrolyte balance
  • Take a cool shower or sponge bath
  • Spray cool water on yourself and sit in front of a fan
  • Massage or stretch cramping muscles
  • Monitor your temperature for changes in your condition that suggest heat stroke
  • Seek emergency treatment or call 911 if attempts to decrease body temperature fail or if you experience chest pain, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting so that you can't keep down fluids, or if you develop any of the symptoms of heat stroke

The symptoms of heat stroke are:

  • Absence of sweating
  • Having a pulsating headache
  • Hot, red or dry skin
  • Having a high body temperature (above 103)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Having a strong or rapid pulse
  • Experiencing confusion or convulsions
  • Losing consciousness

Treating heat stroke:

Heat stroke is an emergency situation in which the body loses its ability to cool itself. The internal body temperature rises to extremes, sometimes as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat stroke can result in death if not treated promptly. If you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke call 911 right away, or go to the closest emergency room. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, you should:

  • Move the person into the shade or into air conditioning
  • Elevate their feet higher than their head to reduce the chance of shock
  • Remove clothing and attempt to cool them down by wrapping them in a cool, wet sheet or spraying them with cool water and fanning them
  • Put ice packs or cold compresses under their arms, on their groin area, and behind their neck
  • Give them cool drinks only if they are not disoriented and not vomiting
  • Stay with them until Paramedics arrive

Please note that certain populations are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. Please keep a careful eye on older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, newcomers to Canada and those who work outside.

More tips and tricks:

During extremely hot, humid weather keep yourself, your family and your pets safe by taking the following actions:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed or parked vehicle
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Avoid going out in the heat and stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Check in regularly with vulnerable family members, neighbours, friends and others who could be affected by the extreme heat
  • Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors
  • Avoid wearing dark colours because they absorb the sun’s rays
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or physical activity during the hottest part of the day

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