City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan
Stay Cool North Battleford
NBFD is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends and neighbours over the next few days
August 1st 2019

The City of North Battleford is expected to reach 28°C today and the low 30’s on Friday, both days are expected to have high humidex values. The City of North Battleford Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends and neighbours over the next few days.

Cooling Sites

If you do not have an air conditioner to cool down, consider making use of a cooling site. North Battleford Public Transit is a great way to get to and from these cooling site locations visit www.cityofnb.ca for routes and pricing.

On Friday, August 2nd, the City of North Battleford Fire Department will host a pop-up spray park to help people cool off due to the high temperature. This pop-up spray park will be at Connaught School, operating from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The two free Spray Parks will remain open during their regular weekday times from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Two Spray Parks are located in Kinsmen Park and Centennial Park.

Other cooling opportunities are the CUplex Battleford CO-OP Aquatic Centre and the NationsWEST Field House. The Aquatic Centre is an excellent place to cool down in the water and water features. The Field House provides a cooler environment, perfect for light activities. Both facilities will remain open during regular summer hours at regular admission visit www.cityofnb.ca for hours and prices.

Protecting Yourself and Others

It is important people know if they are at increased risk because of high heat, that they keep hydrated and even modify their activities.” Fire Chief Trevor Brice advised and added, “We are asking residents to keep tabs on friends and neighbours who might be at elevated risk, during this period of high heat and humidity.”

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include:

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Headache

  • Unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat

  • Extreme thirst

  • Profuse sweating & flushed coloured skin

The North Battleford Fire Department suggests residents take the following precautions:

Drink plenty of cool liquids, before you feel thirsty

Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they will dehydrate you

Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing

Consider rescheduling activities to cooler hours of the day

Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time

If you experience any heat illness symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink cool liquids. Increased observation is urged for vulnerable people, including children, seniors, those with mental health conditions, people with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers as well as those who are socially isolated.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious or confused. While waiting for help cool the person immediately by moving them out of the heat and to a cool place if possible. Have them rest and apply cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing and fan the person as much as possible.

The City of North Battleford Fire Department is thankful for residents checking in and caring for others who are at elevated risk of heat exposure.” expressed Fire Chief Brice.

Please call the Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.

Keep up-to-date with emergency alerts with SaskAlert by downloading the app in the iOS or Android store by searching “SaskAlert”.

Resources:
HealthLine881 https://www.healthwise.net/saskhealthauthority

SaskAlert http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/

Health Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/sun-safety/extreme-heat-heat-waves.html

North Battleford Public Transit, routes & fares https://www.cityofnb.ca/resident_services/public_transportation.html

This news release was completed using files from Health Canada.

For more information:

Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-177
9 | tbrice@cityofnb.ca

Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-
445-1713 | dmacdonald@cityofnb.ca

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