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Cooling Centres Open Aug 17-19

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Cooling Centres are Open!

With high temperatures on the way, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has activated a heat response plan to help our community get prepared and stay cool in the coming days. The SCRD is also asking residents to be mindful of their water use in the coming days to ensure that SCRD infrastructure can meet the demands of the community. Information and advice are all outlined below.

Cooling centres are now open. These cooling centres will have a space to sit and get out of the sun. Hours and locations are below.

These centres will remain open for the duration of the heat warning which is expected to end by Friday.

Sechelt Aquatic Centre – 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue - Map
The cooling centre will be located in the swimming pool viewing area.
Available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gibsons & Area Community Centre – 700 Park Road - Map
The cooling centre will be located in the main lobby area.
Available 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Further information on other areas to stay cool in the heat can be found here on the B.C. Provincial Government website and include shopping malls, libraries and shaded green spaces. 

Heat Related Illnesses

Vancouver Coastal Health has prepared some excellent resources to help identify those at higher risk of heat related illnesses along with information on the signs / symptoms of heat related illnesses. Some of this information is included below. Visit the Vancouver Coastal Health website for further information.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Rapid Breathing & Heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Extreme Thirst
  • New Skin Rash
  • Dark Urine & Decreased Urination

Anyone with signs of heat exhaustion should move to a cool space, drink water, and apply cool water to large areas of the skin (cool bath, shower or wet their clothes). Take these steps right away because heat exhaustion can quickly develop into heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.

Signs of heat stroke include:

  • High Body Temperature
  • Fainting or Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Very Hot and Red Skin

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Seek medical attention immediately at an emergency room or urgent care centre. Call 911 if necessary. While waiting for help, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool space if possible, and apply cool water to large areas of the skin (cool bath, shower or wet their clothes).

Protecting yourself and others

  • Spending time in a cool space and drinking plenty of water is the best way to prevent heatrelated illnesses
  • Seek cooler indoor and outdoor spaces (i.e. a local community center, library or mall)
  • Use water to cool off by taking a cool shower or putting a part of your body in a cool bath
  • Wear a wet shirt or apply damp towels to your skin to cool down
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to stay hydrated
  • Wear loose fitting and light-coloured breathable clothing
  • Limit activity, especially during the hottest hours of the day (generally 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in B.C.)
  • Close windows and pull indoor/outdoor shades/blinds around 10 a.m. to trap the cooler air inside and block the sun
  • Open windows and doors around 10 p.m. to let the cooler overnight air in (check the outdoor temperature is indeed lower than indoors)
  • Use multiple fans strategically to help move cooler air into the home overnight
  • Use exhaust fans, usually located in kitchens and bathrooms, to move warmer indoor air to the outside, and open windows to pull in cooler outdoor air overnight
  • If you have air conditioning be sure to turn it on
  • Monitor indoor temperatures for yourself and those you are checking on
  • Watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Water Use

Stage 2 water conservation regulations are currently in place for the Chapman and South Pender Water Systems. The SCRD is asking that users on all water systems continue to be mindful of their water use both inside and outside of the home to ensure demand can be met now and into late summer. Advice on how to conserve water can be found here on the SCRD Website.

Stay up to date with information from the SCRD at www.scrd.ca/alerts