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Cooling centres, misting stations open in Vancouver

Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm PST

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Summary

City ramps up resources for people to stay cool and safe as hot weather drags on

You're encouraged to check on the elderly and to keep little ones inside

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With huge events like the Celebration of Light and Pride Parade this week, the City of Vancouver is taking steps to ensure people stay safe during this hot stretch of weather. The city has teamed up with the Park Board and the Fire Department to help you stay cool.

Over the coming days, Environment Canada says temperatures in some areas will hit the low to mid 30s and with poor air quality, there are concerns for pregnant women, the very young and very old and the homeless.

“These steps will include additional water fountains, the opening of cooling centres and provision of water and sunscreen for homeless people at community centres,” explains Vancouver Fire Chief Darrell Reid. “The city’s housing operations will also be implementing a hot weather support plan for tenants. Most of the city’s tenanted buildings have air conditioned lobbies or common areas where tenants can cool off.”

Click here to find a list of water parks in Vancouver.

Reid says the increased consumption of alcohol in hot weather can be dangerous and he’s pleading with people to drink responsibly. “The ongoing dry weather poses a continued fire risk as well as land becomes more parched. For this reason, the ban on open fires including campfires remains in place and will remain so until further notice.”

At least five temporary water fountains are going up and crews are looking at adding more.

The Vancouver Park Board says showers are being made available for the homeless and the board is taking the extraordinary step of opening misting centres at four parks. “We do have showering facilities at Kitsilano and at Andy Livingstone Park and we really people, mostly the homeless, to have an opportunity to have a place to shower,” says Chair Michael Wiebe. “We’re asking everyone if they can to come use our community centres, we’re going to have areas available to cool down, to have a shower, to feel dignified and to get back outside.”

Vancouver misting stations

  • Thornton Park
  • Emery Barnes Park
  • Oppenheimer Park
  • Andy Livingstone Park

Extra park rangers are also being brought in to keep an eye on people who may be experiencing symptoms related to the heat. “We’re asking the citizens of Vancouver as well, if you are seeing someone [in distress] to notify a ranger or a lifeguard in the park because I think this heat is going to be prolonged over a few days and we really need to make sure we’re doing the right thing.”

The weather isn’t expected to cool down a few degrees in Metro Vancouver until next week.