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Keep Cool in Delta this Summer

Jul 19, 2016

With the arrival of warm weather, we remind you to stay cool this summer and remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving animals in their vehicles:

At our Parks & Pools!

  • Outdoor Swimming Pools
    Did you know there is no admission cost to Delta's outdoor pools on weekends? Every Saturday and Sunday your visit to the outdoor pool is free! Delta has two outdoor pools located in Ladner and North Delta. Be sure to check facility schedules for the hours that outdoor pools are open!

  • Indoor Swimming Pools
    Our indoor swimming pools are open year-round. See the Drop-in Fees & Admissions page for regular rates. Don't forget to pick up your $20 Unlimited Child/Youth Drop-in Summer Pass!

  • Water Spray Parks
    Splash around at Delta's water spray parks this summer (Rotary Waterworks, Kinsmen Water Park, Annieville Lions Water Park). Hours of operation are 10 am–9 pm; the schedule may vary to accommodate weather. 

  • Boundary Bay Regional Park
    Head to Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen for some fun in the sun, and don't forget the sunscreen!

Keeping Your Pets Cool

All pets must be kept in cool, shady areas with plenty of fresh, cool water.

  • Small pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, are particularly susceptible to heat. Please bring these animals indoors during hot weather. If allowed free run in a laundry or bathroom, they will benefit from the cool tiles. Alternatively, drape their cage with wet towels and provide a sturdy icepack or frozen water bottle for the animal to lean against so it can to regulate its own body temperature. 
  • Make sure the animals' enclosures are out of direct sunlight and protected from the sun as the shade moves throughout the day.
  • Place a clam shell pool in the shade and fill it with water so your dog can wade in the water to keep cool. If your pet's share your yard with children, remember to have all necessary precautions in place, including fencing, in order to keep children safe.
  • Walk your dog in the coolness of the early morning or evening or take them to the local beach, creek or river to let it have a paddle to cool down. This will help your pet avoid dehydration, sunburn and potentially painful paws and it will help you and your pet enjoy the walk more.
  • If your pet seems to be in discomfort, try wetting its feet and misting water onto its face. This is an option for dogs, cats, ferrets, poultry and caged birds as many animals control their inner temperature through their feet. Its important not to saturate a bird's feathers as this can cause them to go into shock. 
  • During warm weather, the temperature in a vehicle, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet. Dogs and cats cool themselves by panting and releasing heat through their paws. On summer days, the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. A dog can be overwhelmed by heat in as little as 10 minutes.

    Leaving your pet in a car with the air conditioning on is also a risk, as many pets have died due to faulty air conditioning systems. Do not keep your pets in your vehicle during warm weather! Your pet will be more comfortable if left at home.

    If you see a pet in a car on a warm or humid day that you believe is in distress, please call animal control immediately at 604-940-7111 or Delta Police at 604-946-4411.

Other Tips to Beat the Heat

Stay hydrated

  • Drink cool beverages (preferably water) irrespective of your activity intake. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
  • If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while the weather is hot.

Keep cool

  • Spend at least several hours each day in an air-conditioned facility
  • Use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower.
  • Applying cool water mist or wet towels to your body prior to sitting in front of a fan is a quick way to cool off.
  • Wear loose, light-weight clothing.  Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
  • Avoid sunburn: stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
  • Avoid tiring work or exercise in the heat. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Leaving the car windows slightly open or "cracked" will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.

Check in on others

  • Check regularly on people living alone who may be at high risk of severe heat related illness. This includes seniors, those who are unable to leave their homes and anyone who may not be spending at least several hours every day in air conditioned places.
  • If they are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if required.

For information on heat-related illness, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.