How older adults and seniors can prepare for extreme heat events

July 3, 2024
Older adults and seniors are at higher risk when it comes to heat. Heat-related illness is entirely preventable and it’s important that we take steps to protect everyone in our community during extreme heat events.

B.C. is experiencing higher annual summer temperatures and more extremely hot days. Everyone can benefit from planning and preparing for extreme heat.

Prolonged periods of extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for those who don’t have access to a cool indoor environment, or who are unhoused or unsheltered. Extreme heat can start with little warning and can build over multiple days, as we saw throughout the Interior region the past few years. Most heat-related illness occurs indoors in spaces without air conditioning.

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