Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Environment

Extreme Temperature Adaptation

In response to extreme temperatures, SMDHU monitors extreme heat and cold weather alerts to provide advanced warning of extreme temperature events. The health unit participates in municipal emergency response planning, and provides education and recommendations surrounding extreme temperatures to the public and community groups serving at-risk populations. These measures support capacity building for individuals and communities in our region to cope with and respond to extreme temperatures.

Air conditioning

At-home air conditioning is an adaptive measure to cope with extreme heat. It is also important to note that while air conditioning can be an adaptation measure, air conditioning use also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

The prevalence of at home air conditioning is associated with higher household incomes as well as home ownership. In 2016, 80% (76.7%, 82.6%) of Simcoe Muskoka households responding to the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) survey reported having air conditioning in the home. Those living with low income, renters, and those living in rural communities were less likely to have access to air conditioning at home.

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