As an owner or landlord of a residential building, you play an important role in protecting tenants from extreme heat. You can help protect your tenants and prevent heat-related illness by creating a hot weather plan.

Hot Weather Plan

Before the Heat Season:

  • Designate an air conditioned common room in your building as a cooling room for tenants to escape the heat.
    • Guidelines are available on how to safely operate your cooling room during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ensure your Summer Heat Safety Notice is up to date to inform tenants of the location of the cooling room and closest publicly accessible air conditioned space.

During Hot Weather:

  • Arrange for building staff to check regularly on tenants that are at an increased risk for heat-related illness (e.g. call or visit while maintaining physical distancing).
  • Encourage tenants to visit the cool room or another air conditioned space to lower their core body temperature and prevent heat-related illness.
  • Remind tenants of the symptoms of heat-related illness and the steps they can take to keep their apartment cool.
  • If safe, keep the windows in hallways slightly open to allow cool air to circulate.

Know the risk

Those at greater risk for heat-related illness include:

  • Older adults, especially those that are living alone
  • Infants and young children
  • People with chronic illnesses, such as heart or respiratory conditions
  • People with limited physical mobility
  • People with certain mental health illnesses
  • People on certain medications
  • People who work or exercise in the heat
  • People experiencing homelessness