Summer Heat Tips from Kamloops Fire Rescue

Release date: 
August 8, 2018

With the highest temperatures of the year forecasted for this week, Kamloops Fire Rescue is urging residents to stay safe when dealing with the summer heat. Here are a few reminders on staying safe while enjoying the summer.

Heat illness is a major concern during these temperature, try to keep yourself cool and out of the heat as much as possible. Check regularly on high-risk people. Keep an eye out for infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, the mentally or physically ill, and those who overexert during work or exercise. They are especially vulnerable in extreme heat

It can take as little as 10 minutes for the vehicle to reach temperatures where the animal or children can suffer irreparable brain damage or death. Never leave animals or children in a car unattended for any amount of time and in the event you find an unattended, please contact the local authorities.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children aged one to four. A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimeters of water - enough to cover the mouth and nose. Typically these drownings occur in backyard pools, toddler pools, the bathtub, or at the beach. Please never leave your children unattended around any water!

The number of BBQ fires in BC has been on the rise over the past 5 years, The National Fire Protection Agency offers these fire safety tips to stay safe NFPA offers these tips for grilling safely:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information and resources, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.