With heat warnings issued this week for Lethbridge, residents and visitors are encouraged to find ways to stay cool.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed some of the protocols this summer, City pools and spray parks are ideal places to cool off. Visitation times need to be booked in advance at pools. More information is available at www.lethbridge.ca/pools.
In addition, locations such as Casa, the Galt Museum, SAAG, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and both branches of the Lethbridge Public Library are great places to stop in and cool off. Remember to follow current public health protocols, including mandatory face coverings in public spaces at City of Lethbridge facilities.
While heat can put anyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children and people with chronic illnesses. For more information on heat related illness visit www.myhealth.alberta.ca or call Health Link Alberta at 811.
Hot Weather Tips:
- Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
- Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
- Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
Lethbridge residents can also help the grid and their electricity bills by conserving energy. Residents are encouraged to try to keep their use to one major appliance at a time, when possible. Peak hours are between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., so residents are encouraged to delay using major appliances to non-peak hours, when possible.
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents to be extra cautious and fire smart when enjoying the river valley.
A fire ban that prohibits any open fires in the city's river valley is still active. This includes the use of fire pits and camp stoves in the river bottom.
A lengthy stretch of dry, hot weather has created a high risk of possible grass fires. Residents are asked to be diligent in respecting the fire ban and to refrain from smoking in the river bottom to minimize the risk.
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.