LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS1130) – Temperatures across the Lower Mainland are expected to soar into the 30-degree range over the next few days. It has prompted some timely reminders on staying safe in the heat.

Those with health problems or who spend a lot of time outside need to be extra careful, says Daniel Stevens with Vancouver’s Emergency Management. “Stay hydrated and keep drinking water before you get thirsty; that’s the best way to avoid getting heat exhaustion.”

He advises you to check on those who may be alone, like elderly neighbours and family members, or the homeless. “There are a lot of vulnerable people out there by themselves who may not be aware of the dangers. If they look like they need help, offer the help to them. Call 9-1-1 if they’re in distress.”

There will be cool-down centres available

“If you do need places to go to cool off (some of us don’t have air conditioning in our homes or places of work), the libraries, community centres and splash parks and pools will all be good places to be… They’ll all be offering water, et cetera,” explains Stevens.

“We’re not implementing our full heat plan; that would happen if a full heat alert were issued [by Vancouver Coastal Health] but the city does have resources available,” he adds, noting forecasted temperatures will not get quite hot enough to enact such a warning.

SPCA warns pets can die in hot cars

“Temperatures inside the car can rise dramatically in a very short period of time, even in a shady area and with windows down,” says Marcie Moriarty with the BC SPCA. “Pets don’t have the same abilitiy to cool themselves as we do.”

“On days like this, all it takes is two minutes,” she adds. “Think about how hot you are in the car on days like today. For pets, it can mean death and unfortunately, this year, we’ve had pets die yet again.”

Air quality is also expected worsen into the weekend across the Lower Mainland, but Metro Vancouver says it is keeping an eye on it.