Stay safe during the heat wave

News Article

With the current heat wave expected to continue for several days, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe by drinking plenty of water, staying cool and following the recommendations from Health Canada. This includes taking a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place such as a swimming pool or public library, taking cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed, or using a fan to stay cool.

RDOS Hydration Stations

Cold water will be available to help those in need stay hydrated, at the following locations:

  • RDOS Parks and Recreation vehicles as staff work throughout various communities.
  • Similkameen Recreation Centre (311 - 9th Street, Keremeos) from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  

Similkameen Community Pool is offering free swimming to help beat the heat during regular hours through to Friday, July 2.

  • Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre (1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls) from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • RDOS Main Office (101 Martin Street, Penticton) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Keep People and Pets Safe

  • Check on family, friends and neighbours especially vulnerable seniors and anyone who may not be able to escape the heat.
  • NEVER leave a family member - person or pet - inside a vehicle for any amount of time. This can be deadly during a heat wave.
  • Avoid walking dogs on hot pavement. Place your hand or bare foot on the pavement, if it is too hot for you after 5 seconds, it is likely too hot for your pet. You can learn more by visiting the BC SPCA website at


Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen


Sean Vaisler
RDOS Emergency Services Manager

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