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How to deal with extreme heat

Summer has arrived in full force and the upcoming heat wave presents particular health and safety concerns for the non-profit housing sector.

Environment Canada is predicting an extended period of high temperatures and high humidity, including overnight, that is expected to last through much of next week. Most buildings in BC are not well equipped for such extreme heat, and non-profit housing providers will want to take measures to protect the health of their residents, who are at greater risk from heat-related health concerns.

BC Housing has compiled helpful resources and links here, including BC CDC guidelines for cooling centres within a COVID-19 context, wildfire tips, and posters that can be printed and placed throughout your buildings.

The Extreme Heat Checklist tips provide a quick resource for supporting your tenants through the coming week, and the Extreme Heat Decision Tree offers a handy visual reference for staff.

To learn more about heat-related illness, who is most at risk and how to identify when an individual is suffering from heat-related and/or poor air quality illness, check here.

Finally, if you weren’t able to join us for last week’s Addressing Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke: Equity Informed Approaches webinar, please watch the recording here. The panel discussion featuring Dr. Sarah Henderson from the BC CDC, Jenny Robinson from Nelson CARES Society and Duncan Higgon from PHS explored emergency planning, including for compounded wildfire risks, and provided many helpful tips and resources that can be implemented quickly within your building.

These recorded BCNPHA webinars can also be accessed for free:

If you have any questions or would like more information about retrofits for your building, please contact energy@bcnpha.ca.

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