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Stay safe during the heat wave, Kamloops

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 40 C today
(via Brendan Kergin)

Locals certainly don't need another reminder that it's hot out, but Kamloops Fire Rescue is providing another warning to residents to stay safe in the summer heat.

In a release issued by Lyle Weninger, fire inspector and life safety educator, he warns young children, people aged 65 or older, the mentally or physically ill, and those who overexert during work or exercise face a greater risk of heat illness. 

"It can take as little as 10 minutes for the vehicle to reach temperatures where the animal or children can suffer irreparable brain damage or death. Never leave animals or children in a car unattended for any amount of time and in the event, you find an unattended, please contact the local authorities," says the release.

Staying safe while trying to cool off is also important, notes Weninger, as drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children aged one to four. A small child can drown in only a few centimetres of water so never leave children unattended around any water.

Finally, with the number of barbecue fires in B.C. on the rise over the past five years, the National Fire Protection Agency offered up these tips for grilling safely:

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.