COQUITLAM, BC, Aug. 10, 2021 – With more hot weather on the way this week, Coquitlam is reminding residents where to stay cool.
Environment Canada issued a Heat Warning today, as temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s over the next few days. The City will continue to monitor conditions and if there is a health risk indicated by Fraser Health through an Extreme Heat Alert, cooling centres will be opened in select City facilities for residents to drop in.
During hot weather, there are many places in Coquitlam to stay cool and safe from the heat.
Indoor Cooled Spaces to Find Relief
Residents needing relief from the heat are encouraged to visit cooled public spaces, such as Coquitlam community centres, Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St. and 1169 Pinetree Way), Coquitlam Centre, neighbourhood community organizations, or support local restaurants and businesses who have air-conditioned spaces.
Outdoor Places to Keep Cool in Coquitlam
Eagle Ridge and Spani outdoor pools are currently open. For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools.
Visit one of our nine spray parks:
- Blue Mountain Spray Park (975 King Albert Ave.)
- Burns Park Spray Park (802 Edgar Ave.)
- Cottonwood Spray Park (672 Aspen St.)
- Galloway Spray Park (3404 Galloway Ave.)
- Mackin Spray Park (1046 Brunette Ave.)
- Norm Staff Spray Park (3320 David Ave.)
- Panorama Spray Park (1485 Johnson St.)
- Rochester Spray Park (1390 Rochester Ave.)
- Town Centre Spray Park (1299 Pinetree Way)
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 Safe During a Heat Wave
Excessive heat can be dangerous to your health and the health of your loved ones – follow these tips to help keep cool and ensure the safety of others:
- Seek out cool indoor spaces such as cooling centres, air-conditioned businesses and community organizations;
- Avoid strenuous activities 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;
- Seek shelter in shaded areas such as parks and trails;
- Check on those at risk – especially elderly neighbours and those with accessibility challenges or chronic illnesses;
- 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.
Look Out for Vulnerable Neighbours, Family and Friends
People living alone with underlying health conditions are at high risk of severe heat-related illness. Check regularly on seniors or those who have mobility issues or other health concerns. If they are unwell, move them to a cool indoor or shady space, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance as needed.
About Cooling Centres
The City’s cooling centres are typically held in community centres that offer air conditioning and ample seating, and are accessible by transit or walking or offer adequate parking. Depending on the facility, pets are usually able to be accommodated. Staff will provide bottled water to those seeking relief from the heat.
If cooling centres are opened in Coquitlam, the public can find updates through the following ways:
Risk and Emergency Manager
City of Coquitlam