Published on July 19, 2022

Tips to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

Summer is upon us and things are really heating up. There are lots of fun ways to enjoy St. Albert in the summer; bike riding along Red Willow Trail, a cool down at the spray park or a paddle along the Sturgeon River, just to name a few. However, the heat affects everyone differently and when it becomes extremely hot and dry you need to remember to take precautions to keep you and your family safe.  

Beat the Heat - Coordinated Response

As soon as Environment Canada issues a heat warning, a coordinated response begins throughout St. Albert. This response includes increased cooling station awareness, Transit assistance to those in distress, RCMP/Municipal Enforcement Services water availability (in vehicles and at front counter locations) and the Community Village provides additional community support to vulnerable persons. Vulnerable members of our community, including those experiencing homelessness, are more at risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Further information about the City’s efforts will be shared on stalbert.ca and social media (Facebook and Twitter) as soon as a heat warning is in effect.

When Does Environment Canada Issue a Heat Warning?

The threshold for a heat warning is two or more consecutive days of daytime maximum temperatures expected to reach 29°C or warmer and nighttime minimum temperatures are expected to fall to 14°C or warmer.  

people drinking water

Steps to Stay Safe This Summer

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are two of the most common illnesses from hot summer days. Stay safe during extreme heat by following these tips:   

  • Drink plenty of water and decrease your risk of dehydration 
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle, especially in direct sunlight 
  • Avoid working or exercising intensely in the heat or humidity 
  • Wear sunscreen and dress for the weather 
  • If your home is too hot, take cool showers or baths and visit an air-conditioned public space 

Additional Considerations

Warmer weather can also act as a trigger for fire bansand water conservation efforts. If this occurs, residents are informed immediately via social media and the website.   


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Last edited: July 25, 2022