Soaring temperatures are a signal for many of us to head to the beach, the park, the playground or our favourite golf course.
As temperatures reach the low to mid 30s a different set of problems surface for the homeless and those at risk.
For people who spend most of the day outside, hot weather increases the risk of exposure-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramping and more seriously hyperthermia, when the body's core temperature rises too high. Heat related illnesses result when a person cannot cool off properly.
When the temperature reaches 30'C or more Kelowna's Gospel Mission (air conditioned) will be open extended hours to make sure there is a safe, cool place for clients to go. Front Line and Outreach Staff are keeping a close eye on our patrons to make sure everyone is healthy and well hydrated.
“The Mission always strives to be a beacon of hope, whether that is helping to find permanent housing for the homeless, provide food and shelter to those displaced or in this case open our doors all day to keep people safe from the extreme heat," says Executive Director, Randy Benson.
"I have directed our Outreach Team to be extra diligent this week as they go out into the community looking for those who are in need, as these temperatures can have dire consequences.”