In order to prevent harm, the city has determined that people need a multitude of ways to stay hydrated, cool and protected from the sun’s rays.
They have installed a number of temporary misting stations within city parks, as well as some temporary water fountains. Further to this, places were announced where people can go keep cool or to escape the heat.
They are also prepared to make sure that the homeless are monitored for safety during this time as they may succumb to heat exhaustion and related illnesses. In addition, sunscreen and bottled water will be provided to those in need.
To add to this, the City has also stipulated that pets are extremely vulnerable at this time, and therefore should not be left in hot cars. Moreover, pets with thick coats will find the heat especially taxing. They should always be provided with shade and ample water.
The City mentioned in a release that, “Everyone out and about in the city is also asked to watch out for people who might be in distress. If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and if you can, help the person cool off with water to the face and neck until emergency services arrive.”
Misting Stations and More: Safety in the Sun
Tips for staying safe:
- Dress for heat: Wear a wide-brimmed hat; lightweight, long-sleeved clothing, and sunscreen.
- Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
- Stay hydrated: Fill up your water bottle at one of our drinking fountains, including temporary fountains that are set up during heat waves.
- Protect your loved ones: Never leave a child or pet in a closed car or in the direct sun.
- Cool off: Visit an air-conditioned community centre or library, or enjoy a wading pool, outdoor pool, water park, or spray park.
Places to visit to beat the heat:
- Anyone who needs to cool down can visit an air-conditioned community centre or library, or enjoy a wading pool, outdoor pool, water park, or spray park. Find locations and hours online.
- Temporary water fountains will be installed today at the following intersections:
- Ontario Street and East 1st Avenue
- Commercial Drive and East Broadway
- Granville Street and West 70th Avenue
- East Hastings Street and Heatley Street
- Robson Street and Bidwell Street
- Misting stations will be installed at Andy Livingstone Park, Oppenheimer Park, Thornton Park, and Emery Barnes Park later this week.
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