Extreme Heat

Staying Safe During Hot Weather

During hot weather, there are many ways to stay cool in Coquitlam. Our community centres and libraries are air conditioned indoor public spaces where everyone is welcome. There are also many outdoor spaces such as pools, spray parks and public shaded areas. To find park locations near you, visit our Park Finder.  

Cooling Centres

Under the BC Heat Alert and Response System (HARS), there may be times that Emergency Management BC issues an extreme heat emergency. In these situations, the City is prepared to open cooling centres if the heat presents a risk to the health and safety of the community, including extending civic facility hours based on demand.  If cooling centres are opened, this page will be updated with current information. 

Looking Out for the Heath and Safety of Yourself and Others

Excessive heat can be dangerous to your health and the health of your loved ones. But there are many things you can do to prepare for warm weather or an extreme heat emergency. Follow these tips to help keep cool and ensure the safety of others: 

  • Seek out cool indoor spaces such as community centres and libraries, air conditioned businesses and community organizations;
  • Avoid activities that require a lot 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.

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Stay Informed

When necessary, the City may provide information about heat risks through public service advisories, website updates, and social media. 

You can also stay informed about weather forecasts by downloading Environment and Climate Change Canada's WeatherCAN app