Staying Safe in Hot Weather
Although warm and sunny weather is a treat, hot temperatures come with certain risks. The City of Richmond encourages everyone to be safe in the heat and stay informed about heat-related health risks. Remember: Everyone is at risk for heat-related illness.
Follow the extreme heat safety tips (noted below) and refer to this map of Water Fountains and Places to Stay Cool in Richmond.
Places to Cool Off in Richmond
During an extreme heat event, the following facilities are open as cooling centres for those wanting to drop-in to cool off or access cleaner air during regular hours:
- Cambie Community Centre
- South Arm Community Centre
- Minoru Centre for Active Living*
- Richmond Public Library (RPL) - all four operating locations
- Richmond Cultural Centre lobby
The Richmond Public Library's Brighouse, Ironwood, Steveston and Cambie branch are open to the public. Please visit the Richmond Public Library website for current operating hours. The Richmond Cultural Centre lobby is also open during Brighouse library branch operating hours.
Art Gallery & Museum
The Richmond Art Gallery or the Richmond Museum are open Mondays through Saturdays. Visit their websites for operating hours.
Four outdoor tents are set-up at Paulik, Steveston, Dover and McLean parks to provide shade. These tents equipped with picnic tables will be in place until September 30.
Richmond's spray parks are located in Steveston, King George, and Burkeville Park. Open seven days a week from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
Misting stations are in place at Garry Point, Third Ave and Moncton St, No. 1 Rd and Bayview St, Thompson Community Centre (basketball court), London/Steveston School Park (ball diamond area) and South Arm Park (basketball court).
Share your photos of the misting stations using the hashtag #KeepCoolRichmond.
Pools, Arenas and Other Indoor Programs
Drop-in to City pools or sign up for an arena visit or for other programs and activities in City facilities.
- For more information, to browse the schedule or to register, visit richmond.ca/register or call 604-276-4300 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm).
The Richmond Olympic Oval is open for programs and drop-ins during operating hours. Visit the website for more information.
There are several water fountains installed across Richmond to provide clean drinking water. View the map above for water fountain locations.
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
- Turn on the air conditioning, fans and spend time in a cool environments, if possible.
- Use public splash pools, water parks or pools, or take a cool bath or shower.
- At high temperatures, fans alone may not be 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-coloured, lightweight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
- Keep your home cool. Open windows (ensuring children are not at risk of falling from them), close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Avoid working or exercising in the heat. If you must, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Limit outdoor activity during the day, opt for early mornings or late evenings.
- If you are taking medication, particularly for mental illness, heart disease or Alzheimer's disease, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether heat exposure increases your health risk.
- Regularly drink non-alcoholic beverages (preferably water), even if you are not physically active. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
- If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, or you have been prescribed water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while temperatures are high.
- It's also important to keep certain foods chilled to prevent food poisoning. Always refrigerate food and leftovers promptly at 4°C or below. Keep luncheon meats, pasta salads, or other perishable foods in an insulated cooler packed with lots of ice or several ice packs.
- Conduct regular check-ins on your family, friends, and neighbours to make sure others are safe -- especially those who are living along.
- The most vulnerable to high temperatures include young children, pregnant women, elderly who are housebound in un-airconditioned homes, individuals at risk for homelessness or who are experiencing homelessness, individuals who struggle with mental health, persons with chronic and/or underlying health conditions such as heart and lung conditions, diabetes, and cancer.
- Ask whether people know how to prevent heat-related illness and are taking precautions.
- Bring lots of water on walks and watch for signs of overheating.
- Hot pavement can have very painful consequences for your dogs. A quick and easy test to see if the street enough for a walk with your dog is to put the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can't keep it there for five seconds, it's too hot for your dog's feet.
- If possible, wait to walk or run your dog when the temperature drops a bit, or stay on the grass. Don't go out in the hottest part of the day.
- DO NOT leave your pets or children in your car. Leaving them, even for a short amount of time or with the windows open, can be fatal.
- When it is hot outside, it can be easy to become dehydrated or suffer from a heat-related illness. Symptoms can include: sweating, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, heat rash, cramps, muscle pain, weakness and/or tiredness, fainting and even the worsening of some pre-existing health conditions.
- Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you feel dizzy or disoriented, call 911 for immediate assistance.
- If you spot someone who has a high temperature and is unconscious or confused, or has stopped sweating, offer assisting by providing water and moving them to a cool shady spot (if safe to do so), and call for medical assistance.
- If you see an animal or child in a hot car, note the license plate, contact 911 and then the BC SPCA helpline at 1-855-622-7722.
- Listen to trusted local news sources and weather channels.
- Keep up-to-date on trail closures or changes to City Parks amenities and services by visiting the Extreme Weather Updates page.
- Follow the advice of local public health authorities such as Vancouver Coastal Health and HealthLinkBC (dial 811).
- Check out "More Resources" in the tab below for more.
- Richmond residents reminded to stay cool during heat wave - City News Release - June 25, 2021
- City of Richmond Parks: Extreme Weather Updates - Information on trail closures or changes to amenities or Parks services due to hot and dry weather
- Beat the heat - HealthLink BC
- Extreme heat - Vancouver Coastal Health
- Extreme heat safety tips - Government of Canada
- Summer pet safety - BC SPCA
- Public Weather Alerts for British Columbia - Environment Canada
- Air Quality Map (AirMap) - Metro Vancouver