Saanich offers tips on how to stay cool as temperatures rise

July 4, 2024

Saanich, BC – Summer weather is finally here, and Saanich is encouraging all residents to prepare to beat the heat by following some simple tips.  

Top hacks to beat the heat in Saanich this summer

Find a cool spot: Saanich parks, beaches, splash pads and recreation centres are excellent spots to beat the heat. If you’re heading outside make sure you stay in the shade, avoid direct sun mid-day, wear a hat and protective clothing, use sunscreen and wear UV-protective eye wear.

Plan ahead: Plan outdoor activities for cooler times of the day like early morning or evening. 

Support local: Local businesses (malls, retails spaces, etc.) also offer a break from the heat and would likely appreciate the support.

Get social: Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy some local strawberries and ice cream at the 57th annual Saanich Strawberry Festival. This festival of flavour returns on Sunday, July 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park.

Wetter is better: Drink water regularly, even more than you think you need! Take cool showers and mist yourself and your clothing with cool water to keep you from overheating.

Keep your home cool: Avoid cooking indoors or doing laundry on the hottest days of the year or the hottest part of the day. To save energy and keep your home cool on laundry days, wash your clothes in cold water and let them line dry. Close windows blinds and shutters during the daytime and open them at night.

No air conditioning, no problem: If you don’t have air-conditioning, take shelter in the coolest room in your home and use a fan. Ice packs and cold drinks can also help!

Know the risk: Heat can have a serious effect on your physical health so it's important to look out for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Check on vulnerable neighbours and older adults multiple times a day, especially in the evening. If you are with someone who is confused, unconscious or has fainted and you think it is from the heat, call 9-1-1.

Learn more

View our tips on How to stay cool at home in extreme heat. You can also visit CleanBC web pages for more tips on keeping your home cool in the summer and information on rebates for energy-efficient home upgrades.

For emergency preparedness information on extreme heat, visit the Saanich Emergency Program webpage and follow @saanichEP on X (Twitter) for local emergency information. 



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Saanich Communications