PSA: City of Port Coquitlam Helps Residents Beat The Heat
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 portcoquitlam.ca/heat.
To avoid heat illnesses during a heat wave:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration.
- Slow down: Your body can’t function as well in high temperatures.
- Cool down in an air-conditioned location such as a store or library. At home, take a cool shower or bath.
- Avoid sun exposure. Cover your head and face with a wide-brimmed breathable hat or umbrella when outdoors. Seek shade and use sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher.
- Dress in lightweight, light-coloured and loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
- Frequently check on family members, neighbours and friends who are elderly or chronically ill to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
- Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, or try to find a cooler outdoor location (e.g. under tree cover).
- Visit one of the City’s spray parks or book a visit at one of our four outdoor pools. COVID-19 restrictions are in place, pre-registration is required. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/register.
- Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in the oven.
- Block out sun by opening awnings, and closing curtains or blinds during the day.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and 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), heat rash and muscle cramps.
Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing 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 portcoquitlam.ca/heat. For health related inquiries call 811 or visit healthlinkbc.ca.
Acting Manager of Communications
City of Port Coquitlam