City of Port Coquitlam Reminds Residents To Stay Cool and Safe

Port Coquitlam residents are being advised to stay cool and hydrated after a heat warning has been issued for the region.

The City has compiled resources to help residents avoid preventable heat illnesses. For more information, visit

To avoid heat illnesses during a heat wave:

  1. Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration.
  2. Slow down: Your body can’t function as well in high temperatures.
  3. Cool down in an air-conditioned location such as the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, Terry Fox Library, Hyde Creek Recreation Centre or a store. At home, take a cool shower or a bath.
  4. Avoid sun exposure. Cover your head and face with a wide-brimmed breathable hat or umbrella whenoutdoors. Seek shade and use sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher.
  5. Dress in lightweight, light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric.
  6. Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
  7. Frequently check on family members, neighbours and friends who are elderly or chronically ill tomake sure they are cool and hydrated.
  8. Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, or try to find a cooler outdoor location (e.g. undertree cover).
  9. Visit one of the City’s spray parks open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
    • Castle Park
    • Sun Valley Park
    • Lions Park and 
    • Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC)
  10. Visit one of our four outdoor pools 
  11. Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in the oven.
  12. Block out sun by opening awnings, and closing curtains or blinds during the day.

Heat Illnesses

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 if you are caring for someone who has a high body  temperatureand is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.
While waiting for help, cool the person right away by:

  • moving them to a cool place if you can,
    • applying cold water to large areas of their skin or clothing, and
  • fanning the person as much as possible.

Other heat illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heatrash and muscle cramps.

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapidbreathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of these symptoms during a heat wave, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.

For more information about what to do during a heat wave, visit For health related inquiries call 8-1-1 or visit

The City will continue to monitor updates from local health authorities in regards to heat notifications and advise residents of changes as needed. 



Ximena Ibacache
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5499