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’s community centres in the Downtown East Side will ensure water and sunscreen are available for homeless and vulnerable people. Staff will practice extra vigilance in ensuring the safety of those most at risk.
- The City’s housing operations will also be implementing a hot weather support plan for tenants. Most of the City’s tenanted buildings have air conditioned lobbies or common spaces where tenants can cool off. Where this is not the case, building managers will encourage the tenants to take refuge in the community centres such as Evelyne Saller, Carnegie Centre and Gathering Place, which all have air conditioned rooms.
Temporary fountains and misting stations
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:
- Ontario Street and East 1st Avenue
- Commercial Drive and East Broadway
- Granville Street and West 70th Avenue
- East Hastings Street and Heatley Street
- Robson Street and Bidwell Street
A map of all permanent drinking fountains maintained by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board is also available online.
Looking out for each other
“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:
- Dress for heat: Wear a wide-brimmed hat; lightweight, long-sleeved clothing; and sunscreen.
- Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
- Stay hydrated
- Never leave a child or pet in a closed car or in the direct sun.
- Visit an air-conditioned community centre or library, or enjoy a wading pool, outdoor pool, water park, or spray park.