Tips for staying cool in Port Moody this summer
Looking for ways to stay cool in Port Moody? The forecast is calling for continued warm weather over the next few days, so here are some ideas to help you beat the heat:
- take a dip in one of Port Moody’s outdoor pools or spray parks – little ones can enjoy free admission to Rocky Point’s wading pool;
- hit quieter parks, like Westhill, Pioneer, and Flavelle, which have lots of tree cover; jump into the water at Old Orchard Beach, or jog in the shade at Bert Flinn Park;
- stay cool while you exercise in the fitness and weight room or walk the indoor track at the Recreation Complex; and
- check out drop-in activities for seniors (at the Recreation Complex or Kyle Centre), or youth (at the Recreation Complex or Westhill Youth Centre).
Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can happen to anyone (regardless of age or fitness level) who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related illness:
- drink plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important step you can take;
- avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day;
- seek out air-conditioned spaces whenever possible;
- know the humidex rating — it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person;
- wear a hat and light, loose clothing so that air can circulate;
- apply sunscreen if you are heading outdoors, as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself;
- slow down your activities as it gets hotter;
- if you do need to be outside when it’s hot, take a lot of breaks in a cool or shady area to let your body cool off; and
- don't leave children or pets in hot vehicles, no matter how short the stop.
Residents and visitors are reminded that dry, hot weather increases the risk of wildfires. Port Moody Fire Rescue maintains a four-step fire hazard rating, with signage displayed at the northwest corner of Ioco Road and Murray Street. The current fire hazard rating is high.
Everyone can help to prevent wildfires. Please remember:
- smoking is prohibited year-round in Port Moody parks; and
- open fires are banned year-round within the municipal boundaries of the City of Port Moody.