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Prepare for a summer heat wave with these tips for staying cool, finding shade, and knowing the signs of heat exhaustion.

August 13, 2021
Notices

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.

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Cloverdale

Guildford

Fleetwood

Newton

South Surrey

Whalley/City Centre

* 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:

(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

Plan ahead

  • 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.

Drink water 

  • 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.

    Visit any of our outdoor pools or Crescent Beach this summer to beat the heat:

    • 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

    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

    Protecting Pets

    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.

    Heat-related Illness

    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

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