Dealing with a heat wave

Thermometer indicating near 40 degrees resting on glass of water with lemon

During the extreme hot weather, let’s look out for one another.

If you see someone in medical distress due to the hot weather, call 9-1-1.

Extreme heat may pose risks to your health. Drinking plenty of water and looking for shade are two simple things you can do to cope.

It’s important to look out for the people who are most vulnerable to heat illnesses, including the elderly, young children and those with medical conditions. The heat also poses a risk to people who live alone or those experiencing homelessness. Check on your neighbours, family and friends.

Learn about health risks posed by extreme heat, symptoms of heat illness and how to stay well.

Need a place to cool down?

You are welcome to visit the following locations to keep cool during normal business hours. Please remember to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a face covering and staying two metres apart. 

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Need more supports? 

Contact Family and Community Services

Resources include access to: 

  • transportation and food vouchers 
  • homeless shelters in the region, housing option supports 
  • basic hygiene and clothing 
  • passes for showers, as required 
  • counselling supports 

Emergency crisis supports 

  • Call 9-1-1 if you need emergency help 
  • Call 2-1-1 for information and referral to community, social, health and related government services in Alberta 

Want to help? 

Check in on your vulnerable neighbours who may be isolated, have health conditions or have limited mobility or support. 

Look up or contact local social agencies to find out what donations or support are most needed. 

Need a ride? 

Transit is a safe place – If you need to cool down and need shelter, please hop on a bus, regardless of whether you have the fare. We won’t deny you in this weather. More information on Safe Bus

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Tips to stay cool 

For you:

  • Drink water before you feel thirsty
  • Wear light, loose layers
  • Visit an air-conditioned place
  • Avoid extended sun exposure, especially during the heat of the day
  • Avoid intense physical activity and plan outdoor exercise for cooler parts of the day (morning, evening)
  • Never leave a person or pet in a parked car

For your home:

  • Close and cover windows facing the sun during the day
  • Plan meals that don’t require the oven
  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Use a fan in or next to a window; bring cooler air in from outside when temperatures are lower at night

Keeping an eye on furry friends too 

If you see dogs in distress, call at 780-467-7741. For all other animals, report concerns to the Alberta SPCA.

Air quality during hot weather

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) helps you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. The AQHI is a tool that relates the air quality outside to your health, using a scale from 1 to 10. The lower the number, the lower the risk.

Heat illness

Heat illness can affect you quickly, and can lead to long-term health problems and even death. They are mainly caused by being over-exposed to extreme heat especially if you are doing too much for your age and physical condition.

Look out for symptoms of heat illness:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Extreme thirst
  • Decreased urination
  • Changes in behaviour in children (sleepiness or irritability)

If you have any of these symptoms, move to a cool place and drink liquids right away.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency!

Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.

For more heat-related safety tips visit Environment Canada

Fun things to enjoy during the heat wave

  • Visit a spray park
  • Early morning walks
  • Water gun fights!

There are many opportunities for summer fun right here in the County. Discover and plan your next adventure.

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Last updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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