Be cool and safe during the summer heat

Be cool and safe during the summer heat

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We want you to beat the heat this summer, but there are a few things to remember to stay cool and stay safe.

Fires can start from using the wrong extension cord or by overloading the plugs with an air conditioner or fan.

If you use a fan or air conditioner to beat the summer heat:​​

  • Use a Canadian Standards Associations (CSA) or Underwriters Label (UA) cord that can carry the power load of your air conditioner or fan.
  • Use a CSA-approved power bar with a built-in circuit breaker.
  • Keep cords away from any heat source.
  • Always plug your air conditioner or fan into a three-prong outlet, cord or power bar.
DON'T use a damaged or two-prong extension cord.

DON'T keep appliances or home electronics running when not in use.

What else can you do to keep yourself and your home cool?

  • Take cool showers or baths, or mist yourself with cool water.
  • Drink lots of cold fluids, especially water, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Close your blinds and curtains to block out the sun during the day.
  • Avoid using your oven to cook meals, as this can make your home hotter.
  • If possible, do most of your cooking at night when the air is cooler. ​
  • Be aware that fans do not cool the air; they just move air around. Don't use a fan to blow hot or warm air on yourself (this can cause heat illness to happen faster.)
  • If you have air conditioning, at night, when the air is cooler, turn off your AC unit and open your windows. This will let the hot air escape and move cooler air in.
Reminder: Air conditioner installations must be approved by your Operating Unit office. Please use your air conditioner considerately. Overuse can cause a power outage in your building.

If you have questions about your air conditioner, please contact your superintendent or call the Client Care Centre at 416-981-5500.

Learn more

Go to the City of Toronto's Health site for more information on keeping cool and staying safe while beating the summer heat.