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Heat Warning for B.C., Please Take Precautions
British Columbians are being asked to take precautions again this week, as Environment Canada has issued another heat warning for most of the province.
The extreme heat is predicted to last from Wednesday, August 11th to Saturday, August 14th, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees.
“Extreme heat is dangerous and can have devastating and deadly consequences,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Health authorities and BC Emergency Health Services are preparing to assist people in need during the heat wave. British Columbians must also make any necessary preparations ahead of time and take steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.”
HealthLink BC has these tips for keeping cool and healthy:
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink extra water even before you feel thirsty and if you are active on a hot day. Ask your health-care provider about how much water you should drink on hot days if you are on water pills or limiting your fluid intake.
- Keep cool. Stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings or take a cool bath or shower. At temperatures above 30 C, fans alone may not be able to prevent heat-related illness. Sunscreen will protect against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but not from the heat.
- Plan activity before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the sun’s UV radiation is the weakest.
- Avoid tiring work or exercise in hot, humid environments. If you must work or exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Rest breaks are important and should be taken in the shade.
- Avoid sunburn: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on exposed skin and an SPF 30 lip balm, and reapply often.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
- Never leave children alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52 C within 20 minutes inside a vehicle when the outside temperature is 34 C. Leaving the car windows slightly open will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
- Regularly check older adults, children and others for signs of heat-related illness, and make sure they are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Check on those who are unable to leave their homes and people with emotional or mental-health challenges whose judgment may be impaired.
- Heat also affects pets. Never leave a pet in a parked car. Limit pets’ exercise, and be sure to provide them with plenty of water and shade.
Please let us know if you need any assistance.
Environment Canada Alert here:
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COVID-19 Updates – August 3, 2021 – More Vaccination Options
Walk-In Clinics – No Appointment Necessary!
On Wednesday, August 4, all clinics are offering walk-in doses.
You don’t need to register online or phone before you arrive.
Dose 1 eligibility: All people aged 12+
Dose 2 eligibility: All people vaccinated before June 16
Bring photo ID to the clinic. You’ll get either Pfizer or Moderna.
If you’re getting dose 2, you’re encouraged to also bring your immunization record card.
The VaxForBC website has a list of all the locations in the Lower Mainland and their hours of operation:
A Graphic on The effectiveness of vaccines: