Cooling areas, hydration stations open ahead of forecasted high heat

Cooling areas, hydration stations open ahead of forecasted high heat

The City of Winnipeg invites residents to access clean drinking water at hydration stations, and come in and cool off in civic facilities during regular operating hours, as high temperatures are forecasted over the next few days.

As a pilot project, the City is installing three hydration stations during the summer months which will allow residents to access clean drinking water. The first hydration station was installed today at Central Park (near 406 Edmonton St.). The others are anticipated to be installed in the coming days at the following locations:

  • Selkirk Avenue at Powers Street
  • Broadway Neighbourhood Centre

Leisure centres and City libraries are available to act as ‘cooling areas’ where the public may come in for relief from the heat and have access to drinking water during operating hours. City indoor pools and outdoor spray pads are also great ways to cool down.

Safety Tips for Hot Weather

Residents are reminded of the following heat safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated. Don’t wait to feel thirsty to drink water. Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Check on vulnerable family, friends, and relatives, especially older adults or individuals with medical conditions.
  • Stay in the shade and wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing. Be especially mindful of sun exposure for babies and young children, try to keep them in the shade when possible.
  • Ensure children and pets are never left alone in closed vehicles or direct sunlight.
  • Extreme heat is very dangerous. Call 911 if you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • When using additional cooling appliances such as portable air conditioners, do not overload electrical circuits as this can create a fire risk.

For more information on heat and sun safety, visit City of Winnipeg – Emergency Preparedness.

For updates on severe weather and weather alerts, please visit Environment Canada.