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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

July 27, 2021

When things heat up in Surrey during the summer, it’s important we all stay safe. There are plenty of things to keep in mind to ensure you and your family members stay healthy and cooled down during a summer heat wave, sometimes referred to as extreme heat.  

In extreme heat, which is defined as a period of three or more days in a row when the maximum temperature is 32°C and above, residents are advised to follow these tips to avoid heat exhaustion.

Remember to check on family members and neighbours. Seniors, people with medical conditions such as heart problems and breathing problems, athletes, and children should take extra care to stay hydrated and cool during extended periods of heat.

People 65 years of age or older who may not compensate for heat stress efficiently are less likely to sense and respond to high temperatures.

Never leave any children or pets behind inside parked vehicles.

Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

  • Plan ahead: 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 and 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: Surrey Libraries, shopping malls, and recreation and community centres can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.

Review the following brochures for specific at-risk groups:

(Source: Government of Canada)

Extreme Heat & Smoke Relief Locations

The following City of Surrey civic facilities are available to anyone seeking relief from extreme heat or wildfire smoke during the summer months.

Visit each facility's webpage for opening hours during the August long weekend. 

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Cloverdale Recreation Centre 6188 176 Street
Clayton Community Centre 7155 187A Street
Cloverdale Library 5642 176A Street
Museum of Surrey 17710 56A Avenue


Fraser Heights Recreation Centre 10588 160 Street
Guildford Recreation Centre 15105 105 Avenue
Guildford Library 15105 105 Avenue


Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex #100 - 16555 Fraser Hwy
Fleetwood Library 15996 84 Avenue


Newton Recreation Centre 13730 72 Avenue
Newton Library 13795 70 Avenue 
Strawberry Hill Library 7399 122 Street

South Surrey

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre 14601 20 Avenue
Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre 16855 24 Avenue
Ocean Park Library 12854 17 Avenue 
Semiahmoo Library 1815 152 Street 

Whalley/City Centre

City Centre Library 10350 University Drive 
Surrey Arts Centre 13750 88 Avenue


Outdoor Pools, Spray Parks & 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:

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

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 for connection to other services

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