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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Beat the Heat and Stay Cool this Weekend

Adult and child at the spray park

COQUITLAM, BC, June 23, 2022 – As the first warm stretch of the summer arrives this weekend, Coquitlam is providing tips for residents to stay cool and safe. 

The region expects to see temperatures in the 30-degree range over the next several days, with cool overnight temperatures. Extreme heat is not expected and health authorities have not issued a heat warning or extreme heat emergency alert. While conditions are not expected to result in risks to public health such as those experienced in last year’s heat dome event, everyone should plan ahead and ensure friends, family, neighbours and pets have options to seek relief from warmer temperatures.

Where to Cool Off in Coquitlam

Everyone is welcome to visit cooled public indoor spaces during business hours, such as the City’s community centres. Or support local restaurants and businesses while enjoying their air conditioned spaces. 

Eagle Ridge and Spani outdoor pools are open for drop-ins. For information, hours and rates visit www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools

Coquitlam’s nine spray parks are also open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Blue Mountain Spray Park
  • Burns Park Spray Park
  • Cottonwood Spray Park
  • Galloway Spray Park
  • Mackin Spray Park
  • Norm Staff Spray Park
  • Panorama Spray Park
  • Rochester Spray Park
  • Town Centre Spray Park

There are also many parks throughout the community with shaded areas and urban forest shade. To find park locations near you, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder.

Staying Cool When it is Warm

  • Avoid activities that require lots of effort, or exercise during the daytime when the weather is hottest;
  • Wear light clothing and a hat when in direct sun;
  • Stay hydrated – alcohol-free, caffeine-free and sugar-free drinks are best;
  • Find shelter in shaded areas such as parks and trails;
  • Check on people at risk – ensure elderly neighbours and those with accessibility challenges or chronic illnesses are not showing signs of heat related illness, and get them to a cool space or seek medical attention if required;
  • Offer pets plenty of water and ways to stay cool, such as a cool damp towel to lay on; and
  • Never leave pets or children in enclosed vehicles, even with windows open or in the shade.

More tips and information on how to recognize symptoms of heat-related illness and heatstroke are available from Fraser Health at www.fraserhealth.ca as well as in PreparedBC’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/extremeheat for details on how the City prepares for a hot weather event, as well as tips to keep yourself and others safe and links to other resources. 

Be Prepared for Possible Flooding

With warmer weather and a higher-than-average snow pack, Coquitlam residents are reminded to stay away from fast-moving water, especially the Fraser, Coquitlam and Pitt rivers. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/flooding for details on how the City prepares for a flooding event, as well as floodplain maps, FAQs and links to other resources

Media contact:
Stephanie James
GM Legislative Services
City of Coquitlam
604-375-6767
sjames@coquitlam.ca

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