June 21st, 2024

Coming heat wave prompts reminder to take precautions

By Tim Kalinowski on June 26, 2021.

Herald file photo Children run through the fountains at Galt Gardens in a past season.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDtkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

The City of Lethbridge is reminding local residents to take precautions against the heat with temperatures projected to reach the mid to high 30s over the next week.
Some of the tips shared by the City on Friday include: staying hydrated, taking breaks if working outside, wearing light, loose clothing, and avoiding the hottest part of the day between noon and 2 p.m.
Residents are also being asked to turn off all unnecessary electrical devices and keep air conditioning and other appliances at a moderate temperature to prevent overloading of the power grid.
The City is also asking residents to be mindful of the enhanced risk of fires that come with such dry conditions and avoid smoking in public areas, such as the River Valley, where the risk is particularly high. There is a local fire ban in place in Lethbridge to combat the fire risk within the city.
Residents are reminded to think of the most vulnerable among us as the heat wave descends, and to check on neighbours who might be struggling with the heat.
The City and other local organizations are also stepping up efforts to provide water and outreach to those in need in the community through Streets Alive, the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre, the Overdose Prevention Site, the Lethbridge Food Bank and the Interfaith Food Bank. The City confirms any individual in need can come to either food bank or Streets Alive to pick up water.
The City’s Emergency Coordination Centre and Emergency Social Service team are monitoring the local heat wave situation, and are exploring potential sites to use as Cooling Centres so people can come in and cool off as needed.
The Red Cross has also been put on standby to be ready to respond as needed.

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This happens almost every summer. Local Idiots aren’t going to take precautions… Just like how people forget how to drive during the first snowfall of the year.