Health Information

Preventing Heat-related Illness

Access cooling centre locations

The following air-conditioned locations are available for the public seeking relief from the heat. Please note these locations are open during normal hours of operation only.

Sarnia

West Lambton Community Health Centre
429 Exmouth St., Sarnia
Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Closed weekends

The Inn of the Good Shepherd
115 John St., Sarnia
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Dow Centre for Youth – Sarnia Rebound
(for ages up to 24)
10 Lorne Crescent, Sarnia
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound – The Hub
350 Indian Road South, Sarnia
Open to individuals ages 12-24
Monday-Friday: 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Petrolia

Petrolia YMC
360 Tank Street, Petrolia, ON
Monday – Friday 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 4 pm

Brooke-Alvinston

BAI Community Centre Complex
3310 Walnut St.
Alvinston, ON N0N 1A0
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Lambton Shores

Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
69 Main Street East, Grand Bend
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

North Lambton Community Health Centre
#3 – 59 King Street, Forest
Monday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

The Shores Recreation Centre
7883 Amtelecom Parkway, Forest
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

Mooretown

Mooretown Sports Complex
1166 Emily St., Mooretown
Monday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Warwick Township

Watford Arena
61 Centennial Ave, Watford
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Please note these locations are not required to offer additional services.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not permitted.

If you or someone you know require assistance due to the heat, please call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or contact us online.

Other important steps

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Avoid strenuous activities between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Reschedule outdoor activities to a cooler time of day.
  • Avoid going out in the sun, if possible. If you are outdoors, seek shade and wear sunscreen. Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses.
  • If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your health care provider if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations.
  • Check on elderly family members, neighbours, persons with disabilities, and persons with chronic illnesses daily to make sure they are keeping cool and hydrated.
  • Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck or arms.
  • The use of a fan alone may not provide enough relief from the heat. Avoid heavy meals and using your oven. Keep curtains closed to block the sun during the day.
  • Never leave anyone or pets in a parked car. Pets need a cool location and fresh water.

Know the signs for heat-related illness

Symptoms of heat-related illness may include: rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine. For anyone experiencing these symptoms, Lambton Public Health suggests the following actions be taken in order to cool off as soon as possible: move to a shaded or air conditioned area, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. Contact your health care provider, a family member or friend.

Heat strokes are considered a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature, is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. Friends, family and neighbours should check on those who may be vulnerable and who may need help keeping cool or taking other preventive actions.