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Staying safe and cool in the heat

How to deal with the heat

Making sure that people have a way to stay cool and drink plenty of water is the best way to prevent heat-related illnesses during extreme heat events. Call 911 if you think a person requires immediate medical care. The resources below provide information on the symptoms of heat-related illness and how to stay healthy in the heat.

During the summer months both heat and wildfire smoke can be a health concern. Find out more about wildfire smoke.  

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Heat illness signs and symptoms

Severe cases of heat illness can lead to heat stroke, a condition requiring immediate medical care. Symptoms of heat illness include:

Tips for staying safe and cool in the heat

Planning ahead and understanding what you can do to prepare is an important step to staying safe and healthy in the heat. Watch here for some useful tips to plan ahead:


There are many ways to stay cool in the heat—watch here for some important tips to keep cool:


In the event of an Extreme Heat Alert, click here to download a useful handout with tips (Image / PDF).


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Heat related care options

 Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) are open evenings and weekends, seven days a week. UPCCs provide care for unexpected, non-life-threatening health concerns.


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Cooling centres and clean air spaces

During a heat warning or alert, it is important to spend time in cool spaces. When outdoor temperatures are high, even workplaces and homes can be very hot and increase the risk of heat illness. Several cities and towns in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region operate specialized cooling centres, or encourage people to use other public spaces to cool down (like libraries and community centres). Misting and water fill station stations may also be provided during a heat event. Learn more here:

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