As we continue to experience high temperatures across the province, BCCPA and EngAge BC urges everyone to check in with elderly family members, friends and neighbours and ensure that they are safe, drinking plenty of water and are staying cool.
To help others stay safe and cool during these summer months, Tri-Cities Seniors’ Action Society has put together some important tips below.
Safety cautions for heat domes and wildfire smoke conditions are here and are important to follow. An air quality advisory is due to high concentrations of ground-level ozone which are caused by heat combined with wildfire smoke. Exposure is a concern for people who have any of the following: asthma, COPD, other lung diseases, heart diseases, diabetes, respiratory infections, people living outdoors, and older adults, young children, pregnant women and outdoor workers.
It is ideal for vulnerable individuals to go to an indoor space with air-conditioning, if possible, and drink a lot of water. Both clean and cool air is important for anyone at risk, but overheating is more dangerous for most people. Anything people can do to stay cool helps, such as using cool cloths, slightly wet shirts, frozen gel packs wrapped in a thin towel and placed on the neck, armpits and groin, cool showers or feet in cool water, and drinking a lot of liquids. If anyone has chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, seek medical attention immediately.
Cooling centres can be accessed across communities in local recreation centres, libraries, and other community facilities. Local shopping centres are also air-conditioned and are free to use. Cooling centres and misting tents/spray parks should be available during periods of high temperature. We encourage people to call their local mayors and municipal halls to encourage these to be opened.
What To Look For
What To Do
|High body temperature (103 F or higher)
Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
Fast, strong pulse
Losing consciousness (passing out)
|Call 911 right away—heat stroke is a medical emergency
Move the person to a cooler place
Help lower the person’s temperature with cool clothes or a cool bath
Do not give the person anything to drink
Cold, pale, & clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Tiredness or weakness
Fainting (passing out)
|Move to a cool place
Put cool, wet cloths on body or take a cool bath
Get medical help right away if:
The person is throwing up
Symptoms get worse
And last longer than 1 hour
|Heavy sweating during intense exercise
Muscle pain or spasms
|Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
Drink water or a sports drink
Wait for crampts to go away
Get medical help right away if:
Cramps last longer than one hour
You’re on a low-sodium diet
You have heart problems
|Painful, red, and warm skin
Blisters on the skin
|Stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals
Put cool clothes on sunburned areas or take a cool bath
Put moisturizing lotion on
Do not break blisters
|Red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin, or in elbow creases)||Stay in a cool, dry place
Keep the rash dry
Use powder (like baby powder) to soothe the rash
|Irritation of eyes, nose, throat and lungs
Shortness of breath
|Reduce time spent outdoors
Avoid rigorous exercise
Wear an N-95 mask
Keep windows & doors closed
Use a HEPA filter air cleaner
Read Tri-Cities Seniors’ Action Society’s full newsletter here.
For more tips, check out PreparedBC’s Heat Preparedness Guide here.