Tips for seniors to prepare for heat
Use water to cool down
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear wet clothing or damp towels
- Take cool baths or showers
- Place your feet in cool water
Keep your home cool and watch its temperature
- Keep windows and blinds closed during the day and open them at night
- If your home is over 31°C, go to a building with air conditioning. If you can’t, use water to cool down.
- Fans don’t cool the air, so don’t blow hot air at yourself. It can make you hotter, not cooler.
Check in on family, friends and neighbours
- Check in at least two times per day when it is very hot
- Get someone you know to check on you
- Burnaby seniors can call 2-1-1 to register for phone call check-ins during heat waves
Learn signs of heat sickness
- May include feeling dizzy or confused, less coordination, or hot and red skin
- If you have symptoms of heat sickness, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital
Heat Safety Resources in Burnaby
This page is part of a Burnaby-based initiative to respond to extreme heat events. This resource is brought to you by: Fraser Health, City of Burnaby, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, ISSofBC, MOSAIC, and Burnaby Primary Care Networks.