Extreme Heat Relief Locations and Tips for Staying Cool
Prepare for a summer heat wave with these tips for staying cool, finding shade, and knowing the signs of heat exhaustion.
In extreme heat, which is defined as a long period of three or more days in a row when the maximum temperature is 32°C (90°F), residents are advised to follow these tips to avoid heat exhaustion.
Extreme Heat Relief Locations
The following City of Surrey civic facilities are available to anyone seeking relief from extreme heat. These are in addition to temporary pop-up cooling and misting tents set up by our community partners.
- Cloverdale Recreation Centre 6188 176 Street (*pets welcome)
- Clayton Community Centre 7155 187A Street (*pets welcome)
- Cloverdale Library 5642 176A Street
- Museum of Surrey 17710 56A Avenue
- Fraser Heights Recreation Centre 10588 160 Street (*pets welcome)
- Guildford Recreation Centre 15105 105 Avenue (*pets welcome)
- Guildford Library 15105 105 Avenue
- Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex #100 - 16555 Fraser Hwy (*pets welcome)
- Fleetwood Library 15996 84 Avenue
- Newton Recreation Centre 13730 72 Avenue (*pets welcome)
- Newton Library 13795 70 Avenue
- Strawberry Hill Library 7399 122 Street
- South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre 14601 20 Avenue (*pets welcome)
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre 16855 24 Avenue (*pets welcome)
- Ocean Park Library 12854 17 Avenue
- Semiahmoo Library 1815 152 Street
- Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre 13458 107A Ave (*pets welcome)
- City Centre Library 10350 University Drive
* The City is supporting people who bring a pet when they come in to recreation facilities to escape the heat. Pet owners should remain with their pet at all times, bring necessary supplies, and are encouraged to bring a crate to house the pet.
Check in on Others
While everyone is at risk of heat-related illness, hot temperatures can be especially dangerous for the young, the elderly, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic heart and lung conditions, persons with mental illness, people living alone, and people experiencing homelessness.
- Check regularly on older people, and those who are unable to leave their homes, for signs of heat-related illness.
- Ask whether people know how to prevent heat-related illness and are doing the same.
- If others are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if appropriate.
Review the following brochures for specific at-risk groups:
- Seniors: Protecting Yourself from Extreme Heat
- Children: Protecting Your Child from Extreme Heat
- Athletes: Protecting Yourself from Extreme Heat
(Source: Government of Canada)
Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34°C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open or "cracked" will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat
- Listen to local news and weather channels.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
- Plan activities for the early morning and after sunset. Peak hours during a heat wave are between 12 and 4pm.
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water and other fluids.
- Drink water before you are thirsty
- Avoid things like alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
Dress for the weather
- Lightweight, lightly colour, cotton clothing is recommended.
- Wear long sleeves to protect from the sun.
- Remember your wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Wear sunscreen: Remember to reapply as needed.
Find shade: Parks with tree shade are a good option
Find shelter: Libraries, shopping malls, and recreation and community centres are cool places to take a break from the heat.
Outdoor Pools & Beaches
These destinations and amenities are open and provide a good way to cool off.
Outdoor drinking fountains in city parks are also in full operation. Review a list of water fountain locations in Surrey parks.
- Bear Creek Outdoor Pool
- Kwantlen Outdoor Pool
- Unwin Outdoor Pool
- Hjorth Road Outdoor Pool
- Holly Outdoor Pool
- Greenaway Outdoor Pool
- Sunnyside Outdoor Pool
Spray parks are open at:
- Bear Creek Park
- Bridgeview Park
- Cloverdale Athletic Park
- Erma Stephenson Park
- Fleetwood Park
- Goldstone Park
- Hawthorne Rotary Park
- Hazelgrove Park Newton Athletic Park
- South Surrey Athletic Park
- Unwin Park
Hot weather also affects our pets. Leaving animals at home indoors is the safest option during a heat wave. Another good choice is taking them to an off-leash dog park with access to water. The temperature in a parked car can heat rapidly, so it’s extremely dangerous to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle. If you see an animal in distress, report it to the BC SPCA immediately.
The following dog off-leash areas have access to water:
- Blackie Spit (3136 McBride)
- Clayton (7011 188 St)
- Serpentine (12589 76 Ave)
- Freedom (15452 84 Ave)
- Kennedy (9058 Holt Rd)
- Panorama (12863 60 Ave)
- Wills Brook (2955 160 St)
- Fraser View (11210 159a St)
- Dogwood (13485 20 Ave)
- Bolivar (13290 115 Ave)
Around the Home
Avoid Electric Fans: Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
Cover windows that receive morning and afternoon sun with drapes and shades. Stay on the lowest floor and out of the sunshine if air-conditioning is not available.
There are a variety of mild to severe symptoms linked with heat-related illness, including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting or collapsing. Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness. Seek medical attention if sweating heavily, pale, cramping, fatigued, dizzy or having headaches/nausea.
Review signs of heat-related illness through Fraser Health.
For Medical Attention
- Phone 9-1-1 for emergencies
- Phone 8-1-1 for health-related illnesses
- Phone 2-1-1 to connect with other services