Sun high in the sky on a hot day

Enduring soaring temperatures and smoky skies.



Heat waves may span several days to weeks and contribute to weather-related illnesses. As the days get hotter, it’s essential to keep cool and know how to look after yourself, your family, and your furry friends.

Here are some tips to beat the heat.

  • Spend time in cool, well-air-conditioned placed or places with indoor fans. If you do not have air conditioning or indoor fans, seek places like public libraries, shopping centres, etc.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine, such as teas or coffee.
  • Cancel all non-essential outdoor tasks – particularly those involving physical activity. Complete any essential outdoor tasks early in the day.
  • The elderly, sick, and young are particularly vulnerable and should stay in cool environments and wear cool, comfortable clothes.
  • Ensure your pets have plenty of water and shade for the day.
  • If your dog or cat appears heat stressed, panting, or restless, bathe them in cool water.
  • Call your vet if you are concerned about a pet
Heat and Health Resources
Interior Health's Toolkit Interior Health's Extreme Heat Website
Interior Health's Community Health & Climate Change Map HealthLink BC Beat the Heat Website

Canadian Red Cross

How to stay cool, hydrated and ensure the safety of family, friends, and neighbours.

BC Provincial Heat Alerting Response System (BC HARS)

The BC Province has developed the BC Heat Alert Response System  (BC HARS) in preparation for the 2022 season.



The North Okanagan experienced a destructive wildfire season last year. Wildfires often produce intense smoke that can pose serious health risks.  Smoke particles are about 2.5 microns, smaller than the width of a human hair.  They are small enough to irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. 

You can take several steps to keep your family safe before and during wildfire season.

  •  Check air quality.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Run air conditioner on recirculating with a new filter.
  • Use a certified air filter.
  • Avoid indoor pollution-related activities, such as burning candles, using gas stoves, frying food, and vacuuming.
  • Wear an N95 mask.
  • Make sure to operate your vehicle with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner set to recirculate.
  • Avoid exercising outdoors during smoky conditions. Consider eliminating outdoor activities altogether when the AQI reaches unhealthy levels.

Wildfire smoke is a form of air pollution that can affect your health.

Wildfire Smoke Resources
Interior Health's Wildfire Emergency Information  
BC CDC Wildfire Smoke Facts BC CDC Wildfire Smoke Response Planning

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Latest Air Quality Data Map Info

BC Centre for Disease Control

Fact sheets with information about wildfire smoke and its health impacts, including information on how to prepare for wildfire season.