City of Red Deer and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association are promoting the safe disposal of medications to protect Red Deer’s waterways. (File photo by Advocate staff)

City of Red Deer provides safety information amid extreme heat

The City of Red Deer is reminding residents to keep cool and stay hydrated while extreme heat continues in central Alberta.

“Extreme heat can be very dangerous and we want to ensure residents know they are welcome to drop into any of our facilities if they need, whether to refill a water bottle or take a quick break to cool down,” said Karen Mann, emergency management co-ordinator.

“It’s easy to become overheated or dehydrated in this heat, so please use our facilities if you need.”

Residents can drop in to any city facility to use bottle-filling stations or to escape from the heat, the city suggested in a statement Monday.

The G.H. Dawe Centre, Michener Aquatic Centre, Servus Arena and City Hall are all open regular business hours, excluding the holiday, while the Collicutt Centre and Recreation Centre will be available on Canada Day as well.

The city is working with community partners and agencies to ensure they have the resources needed to support our community’s vulnerable populations in the extreme heat. The emergency operations team are continuing to monitor the situation.

Residents are being reminded to not leave pets or children in hot cars.

“It’s important that we look after one another,” said Mann.

“If you see someone in distress or in need of support, call 211 and press 2 for the Social Diversion Team. If there is a medical emergency, call 911.”

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