Temperature sensors help protect seniors during increasingly common summer heat waves

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As temperatures soar during the summer months, heat waves pose a significant threat to the wellbeing and safety of seniors. With rising concerns about the impact of climate change, understanding the dangers faced by elderly individuals during extreme heat events becomes paramount. This was made clear in an interview with Isobel McKenzie, BC’s Seniors Advocate told CTV’s Your Morning on Thursday saying “it’s important to check on seniors during high temperature events and recognize signs of heat strokes”.Overheating in Ontario's Long-Term Care Facilities - Green Propeller Design

Heat waves can lead to various health issues for seniors, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration and aggravation of existing chronic health conditions. Additionally, many seniors have pre-existing health conditions, limited mobility, or reduced ability to regulate body temperature effectively. This combination of factors heightens their risk of heat related illnesses which can lead to hospitalization or in severe cases fatalities.

While investment in air conditioning or cooling systems is often thought of as a solution, installation of temperature sensors to inform staff when the internal temperature rises is a critical level provides a safety feature that helps avoid medical emergencies or fatalities. “Temperature sensors are a valuable layer of safety. Even with air conditioning and cooling systems, internal building temperature may vary within the building depending on sun exposure or other building and environment conditions. Temperature sensors automatically notify care or maintenance staff when the temperature within a senior’s suite rises above or dips below a pre-set level. This can be very helpful in ensuring the temperature remains at a comfortable and safe level for the senior” said Jessica Yang, CEO at Tochtech Technologies. 

To find out more please contact Tochtech at 1-888-420-8624 or visit