With the potential for record-breaking temperatures in Vancouver this week, the City of Vancouver is offering tips to residents on how to safely handle the heat.
“Hot weather and poor air quality can pose health problems for at-risk citizens, particularly seniors, the homeless, and those with chronic health problems or who are socially isolated or reliant on caregivers,” the City said in a release.
In response to the rising mercury, the City has also implemented a number of measures to “ensure the public remains cool and hydrated.”
These measures include:
The City has also announced that temporary misting stations will be installed at Andy Livingstone Park, Oppenheimer Park, Thornton Park and Emery Barnes Park later this week in an effort to tackle the soaring temperatures.
A number of temporary water fountains will also be installed at the following locations:
A map of all permanent drinking fountains maintained by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board is also available online.
“Everyone out and about in the city is also asked to watch out for people who might be in distress,” the City added.
“If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 911 and if you can, help the person cool off with water to the face and neck until emergency services arrive.”
Anyone who needs to cool down can visit an air-conditioned community centre or library, or enjoy a wading pool, outdoor pool, water park, or spray park, as well. Locations and hours are available here.
The City also offered a number of ways people can keep themselves cool before trouble arises: