Stay safe during extreme heat

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With warm temperatures forecast in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys over the next several days, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe. 

Extreme heat can be dangerous and it’s important to understand the dangers and be prepared. Drinking plenty of water, staying cool, and following recommendations from Health Canada can help keep you and your family safe. Taking breaks 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 are some of the steps you can take.

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 (or pet) inside a vehicle for any amount of time. This can be deadly during a heat wave.
  • Avoid walking dogs on hot pavement. If the pavement is too hot for your bare hand or foot after five seconds, it is likely too hot for your pet. You can learn more about pet well-being in extreme heat by visiting the B.C. SPCA website at
  • Develop a plan to escape when it gets too hot to stay home and familiarize yourself with community locations where you can cool down.
  • For information about how to be prepared during extreme heat, please visit: Be prepared for extreme heat - Province of British Columbia (

Voyent Alert! notifications
Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone. You can find a link to Voyent Alert! on the RDOS website:

For further information on Heat Warnings and Extreme Heat Emergencies, please monitor local media, Environment and Climate Change CanadaEmergency Info B.C., and Interior Health.

If you live in a syilx Okanagan community or municipality, please contact your local emergency program for further information.

If you require medical assistance, please call 9-1-1.


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen


RDOS Communications
Toll-Free 1-877-610-3737 

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PreparedBC Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide