Keep your cool this long weekend
29 July 2016
With this week’s high temperatures heading into the holiday long weekend, the City of Richmond recommends that local residents and visitors take precautions while enjoying the hot weather.
Although warm and sunny weather is a treat, hot temperatures come with certain risks. Mild to severe symptoms are linked with heat-related illness, including thirst, dizziness, skin irritation, confusion, weakness/fainting/collapse and even death.
The City of Richmond encourages everyone to follow Vancouver Coastal Health’s hot weather tips:
1. Stay hydrated
- Drink cool beverages (preferably water) irrespective of your activity intake. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while the weather is hot.
2. Keep cool
- Spend at least several hours every day in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant). All of Richmond’s community centres will be open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday and City Centre, Cambie, South Arm, Steveston and Thompson community centres will be open for limited hours on BC Day (Monday).
- Use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower. Richmond’s two indoor aquatics centres, Minoru Aquatic Centre and Watermania, and the South Arm outdoor pool will be open this weekend.
- At current temperatures, fans alone are not effective. Applying cool water mist or wet towels to your body prior to sitting in front of a fan is a quick way to cool off.
- Dress for the weather by wearing loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
- Avoid tiring physical work or exercise in the heat. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening.
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34°C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open or "cracked" will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
3. Check in on others
- People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness. Check regularly on older people, those who are unable to leave their homes and anyone who may not be spending at least several hours every day in air conditioned places for signs of heat-related illness.
- Ask whether people know how to prevent heat-related illness and are doing so.
- If they are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if required.
4. Get informed.
- Listen to local news and weather channels for the latest information.
- For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLink BC by dialling 811.
Visit www.richmond.ca or check out the RichmondBC app, available for free download for Apple and Android devices, for a complete listing of activities and programs at all the City’s public facilities. Come swim, skate and hang out with us – the air conditioning is free.