Stay safe in the summer heat
When it's summer in Vancouver and the days get hotter, it's important to remember that even in temperate, coastal BC, heat can be harmful.
While heat can harm anyone, some are especially vulnerable:
- Seniors, and children younger than five years old
- People with pre-existing illnesses or taking certain medications
- People who are isolated or homeless
- Outdoor workers
- Addicts who maybe dehydrated as a side effect of their lifestyle
- Anyone who isn’t acclimatized to our weather
- Children and pets left in a closed car or in direct sun
Check in with your neighbours who live alone and on the homeless person you say hi to on the way to work.
Symptoms of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion
Watch for the following symptoms as signs of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion:
- Extreme thirst
- Rapid breathing and heartbeat
- Nausea and vomitting
If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and help them cool off by applying water to their face and neck until emergency services arrive. You can also call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse.
Tips to keep cool
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat; lightweight, long-sleeved clothing; and sunscreen
- Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
- Visit an air-conditioned community centre or library
- Fill up your water bottle at one of our drinking fountains, including temporary fountains that are set up during heat waves