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 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.
- 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 illness.
- Encourage tenants to visit the cool room or another air conditioned space to lower their core body temperature and prevent heat illness.
- Remind tenants of the symptoms of heat 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 risk for heat-related illness include:
- older adults
- infants and young children
- people with chronic illnesses, such as heart or respiratory conditions
- people with limited physical mobility
- people who live alone