As the week-long weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid 30’s, the City of Lethbridge is sharing tips to help residents beat the heat and stay safe.
Heat waves cause an increase in heat-related illness, enhance drought conditions and can cause a significant long-term draw on power. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the use of electric appliances and keep air-conditioning units at a moderate temperature to help prevent overloading the power grid.
Ways to ensure residents are staying cool and safe during the expected high temperatures include:
- Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water;
- Take plenty of breaks if outside, and wear light, loose clothing;
- Avoid peak outdoor heat hours, between noon-2:00 p.m.;
- Turn off unnecessary electronic devices;
- Be aware of dry conditions and increased fire risk. There is still a fire ban in place in the river bottom, with open fires being prohibited at this time;
- Residents are reminded to be cautious if smoking in the river valley and dispose of smoking materials properly or avoid smoking in the area all together.
Residents are also reminded the vulnerable members of our community are likely most at-risk during extreme temperatures without access to shelter. Steps taken by the City and the Lethbridge Helping Organizations Coalition, made up of local social service organizations, have been proactive in preparation for the hot weather.
- The Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal is available with air conditioning and washrooms from Mon. - Fri, 6 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 7 a.m. - midnight & Sunday 8 a.m. -7 p.m.;
- The Main and Crossings branches of the Lethbridge Library are able to offer some reprieve from the heat for those who need it. Access is available to water fountains, washrooms and air conditioning;
- Galt Gardens spray park & washrooms will be open until 10 p.m.;
- Gyro spray park & washrooms will be open until 9 p.m.;
- The Animal Shelter is making space available for the pets of vulnerable people who need protection from the extreme heat over the next week;
- Streets Alive Mission, Lethbridge Food Bank, My City Care, Sage Clan, Food Share and the Interfaith Food Bank have approximately 40,000 water bottles stored;
- Community outreach organizations have been informed and will be delivering water to vulnerable individuals;
- Water has been delivered to the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre and the Overdose Prevention Site Mobile Unit;
- Any individual in need can come to either food bank or Streets Alive to pick up water
The City of Lethbridge Emergency Coordination Centre is aware and preparing for the heat wave. The Emergency Social Service team will be on standby to respond should it be required.
A heat warning is issued in Alberta when two or more consecutive days of daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius or warmer and nighttime temperatures are expected to be 16 degrees Celsius or warmer.
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Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.