British Columbia is gearing up to respond to another heat wave by taking several steps including opening civic centres that would otherwise be closed so people can escape to a cool place if they lack air conditioning.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says social media updates will be posted so people can access resources,
A heat wave is affecting many parts of BC. Stay safe:— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) July 30, 2021
✅Drink plenty of fluids
✅Check for cooling centres in your community
✅Don’t leave anyone in a car
✅Avoid working outside or take plenty of breaks
✅Contact a doctor if feeling unwellhttps://t.co/yDYPOIlPOs pic.twitter.com/lANchV7GBU
Information on illnesses related to heat waves will also be available online.
Farnworth says local governments are being encouraged to provide information on cooling centres for residents who have been forced to leave their homes due to wildfires in parts of the province.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says jobs for more paramedics and dispatchers were being posted on Friday as part of an effort to provide better service to 911 callers after the last heat wave at the end of June led to multiple complaints about hours-long waits.
Extreme heat is dangerous to our vulnerable populations, including seniors. That’s why we have all hands on deck, including asking all British Columbians to help out their family members, neighbours and others during this extraordinary time.https://t.co/W3aK2A0ins— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) July 30, 2021
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the weekend but cooler temperatures are expected on Monday.