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Warm weather a reminder to stay safe in summer heat

June 25 2015

Jericho Beach in Vancouver

With hotter temperatures forecasted over the next several days, please:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Check on others
  • Be on the lookout for those who may suffer due to heat

Tips on how to to keep cool and where 

Who may be affected by the heat

The hot temperatures pose a health problem for at-risk populations, including:

  • Seniors
  • Children younger than five years old
  • People who are homeless or have pre-existing illnesses
  • Those isolated or reliant on caregivers

Symptoms of heat-related illness

Symptoms of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion, include:

  • Thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fainting

More information on how to stay safe in the heat from Vancouver Coastal Health 

Where you can keep cool

Drop in and cool off at community centres and libraries, which serve as cooling centres during extreme heat. 

Community centres and libraries can be located using our new mobile app VanConnect.

Locate a water fountain

There are more than 250 drinking water fountains located throughout Vancouver for you to stay hydrated.

Find a water fountain near you

Additional temporary water fountains are installed at:

  • Granville and 70th Avenue
  • Ontario and 1st Avenue
  • Montgomery and 45th Avenue
  • Commercial and Broadway
  • Beatty and Dunsmuir
  • East Hastings and Heatley

Our Extreme Heat Plan

We will continue to work closely with our partner agencies and are ready to activate our Extreme Heat Plan to counteract the adverse health impacts of warmer weather as required. The plan is activated when Environment Canada issues a Heat Warning Bulletin and the Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers issue a supplementary Heat Health Warning. 

Upon activation of the Extreme Heat Plan, we will:

  • Open cooling centres
  • Increase access to portable water fountains
  • Increase monitoring of outdoor spaces for people suffering from heat-related illness
  • Support populations at risk of heat-related illness

More tips for staying cool in Vancouver

The heat can be harmful, even in temperate, coastal BC.

Staying safe in hot weather

Even in temperate, coastal BC, heat can be harmful. Find out how to stay cool during the summer in Vancouver.