Updated Thursday, July 28 at 11:45 a.m.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Sunshine Coast wth high temperatures expected in the coming days. This alert can be found here.
The SCRD has activated a heat response plan.
It’s important to get prepared for this heat wave and to get to know the signs / symptoms of heat related illnesses. Now is also the time to put a plan in place to check on neighbours, family members and friends in the coming days.
Until Sunday July 31, the SCRD will open cooling centres. These cooling centres will have a space to sit and get out of the sun. Hours and locations are below.
Gibsons & Area Community Centre – 700 Park Road - Map
The cooling centre will be located in the main lobby area.
Thursday / Friday available 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sechelt Aquatic Centre – 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue - Map
The cooling centre will be located in the swimming pool viewing area.
Thursday / Friday available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday available 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The B.C. government has some excellent resources which outline ho to get your home prepared for heat. This information can be found at this link and includes advice on some alternate locations you may go to stay cool.
Vancouver Coastal Health has resources on their website on the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses. This information is all available here and is also listed below.
Signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Heavy Sweating
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Rapid Breathing & Heartbeat
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Muscle Cramps
- Extreme Thirst
- New Skin Rash
- Dark Urine & Decreased Urination
Anyone with signs of heat exhaustion should move to a cool space, drink water, and apply cool water to large areas of the skin (cool bath, shower or wet their clothes). Take these steps right away because heat exhaustion can quickly develop into heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.
Signs of heat stroke include:
- High Body Temperature
- Fainting or Drowsiness
- Lack of Coordination
- Very Hot and Red Skin
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Seek medical attention immediately at an emergency room or urgent care centre. Call 911 if necessary. While waiting for help, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool space if possible, and apply cool water to large areas of the skin (cool bath, shower or wet their clothes).
Protect yourself and others from heat
Spending time in a cool space and drinking plenty of water is the best way to prevent heat-related illnesses
- Seek cooler indoor and outdoor spaces (i.e. a local community center, library or mall)
- Use water to cool off by taking a cool shower or putting a part of your body in a cool bath
- Wear a wet shirt or apply damp towels to your skin to cool down
- Drink plenty of water and other liquids to stay hydrated
- Wear loose fitting and light-coloured breathable clothing
- Limit activity, especially during the hottest hours of the day (generally 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in B.C.)
- Close windows and pull indoor/outdoor shades/blinds around 10 a.m. to trap the cooler air inside and block the sun
- Open windows and doors around 10 p.m. to let the cooler overnight air in (check the outdoor temperature is indeed lower than indoors)
- Use multiple fans strategically to help move cooler air into the home overnight
- Use exhaust fans, usually located in kitchens and bathrooms, to move warmer indoor air to the outside, and open windows to pull in cooler outdoor air overnight
- Consider getting an air conditioner for your home; if you have air conditioning be sure to turn it on
- Monitor indoor temperatures for yourself and those you are checking on
- Watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Please stay tuned to the SCRD on Facebook and the SCRD Website at www.scrd.ca for updates.