August 7, 2018
Released: 11:45 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg invites residents to come in and cool off in civic facilities during regular operating hours, as high temperatures are forecasted over the next few days.
City facilities that are normally open on weekdays and weekends are available to act as 'cooling areas' where the public may come in for relief from the heat and have access to drinking water.
City pools and spray pads are also great ways to cool down.
City facilities that can offer relief from the heat include:
Pools and Spray Pads
The City offers a variety of indoor and outdoor swimming options, as well as spray pads and wading pools. Locations and hours are available by contacting 311 or visiting:
- City of Winnipeg - Spray Pads
- City of Winnipeg - Wading Pools
- City of Winnipeg - Outdoor Pools
- City of Winnipeg - Indoor Pools
Safety Tips for Hot Weather
When using additional cooling appliances such as portable air conditioners, residents are reminded not to overload electrical circuits as this can create a fire risk. Use dedicated circuits, and plug the unit directly into a receptacle without the use of extension cords.
Residents are also reminded to never leave people or pets unattended in parked vehicles even for a few minutes, as temperatures can rise quickly and create a dangerous environment.
Be sure to check on seniors and other vulnerable people, particularly those who may be isolated from friends and family, as well as young children and pets who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses during extreme temperatures. Please ensure pets have adequate access to water and cooler areas, including shaded or indoor areas.
For updates on severe weather and weather alerts, please visit Environment Canada.
For more heat and sun safety tips, visit City of Winnipeg - Heat and Sun Safety.