Kamloops, BC - With temperatures expected to rise this week, Kamloops Fire Rescue urges residents to stay safe when dealing with the summer heat. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind while enjoying the warm weather.
Heat illness is a major concern during these high temperatures – try to keep yourself cool and out of the sun as much as possible. Check regularly on people who are at high risk of heat illness. People who are especially vulnerable in extreme heat include: infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, the mentally or physically ill, and those who may over exert themselves during work or exercise.
Never leave animals or children in a car unattended for any amount of time. It can take as little as 10 minutes for a vehicle to reach temperatures high enough to cause irreparable brain damage or death. If you find a vehicle unattended with an animal or a child in it, please contact the RCMP.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four. A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimetres of water, which is enough to cover the mouth and nose. Typically these drownings occur in backyard pools, toddler pools, the bathtub, or at the beach. Children should never be left unattended around water.
The number of BBQ fires in BC has been on the rise over the past five years. The National Fire Protection Agency offers these fire safety tips to stay safe:
- propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
- grills should be placed away from the home or deck railings and not under eaves or overhanging branches
- children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area
- grills should be kept clean – remove grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays
- grills should never be left unattended
For more information and resources, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.
Life Safety Educator, Kamloops Fire Rescue
City of Kamloops