Beat the heat on Canada Day weekend

The Canada Day long weekend is bringing fireworks and the downtown Promenade Days to Barrie, along with an extended spell of very hot weather.
City officials are reminding residents to stay cool in the heat, and that public activities planned for Canada Day and Promenade Days will proceed. However, due to the extreme heat the City is taking the following precautions:
• Simcoe County Paramedics and St. John Ambulance will be on-site at the Memorial Square Opening and the Vimy dedication ceremony. Paramedics will be stationed on Owen Street and St. John Ambulance at the end of Chase McEachern Way close to Meridian Place and the midway
• The Five Points Theatre will be available to the public as a cooling station on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon-5 p.m. Refreshments, including cold water, will be available for sale.
In the event of thunderstorms or high winds, the fireworks scheduled for Sunday at 10 p.m. will be postponed to Monday at 10. This information will be shared on Creative Barrie social media accounts at www.twitter.com/CreativeBarrie and www.facebook.com/CreativeBarrie, and the Special Events line (705-739-4285).
During a high heat alert, residents are reminded to:
• Rest frequently in shaded areas
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
• Dress in cool, loose clothing and shade your head with a hat or umbrella
• Check regularly on family, friends or neighbours who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses and who do not have air conditioning
• Plan to attend the festivities during cooler parts of the day
• Seek shelter indoors or in the shade.
Here are some other ideas on how to beat the heat this weekend:
• Head to the beach. Barrie is lucky to have several locations to choose from. Lifeguards are on duty at Centennial and Johnson’s Beaches from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, August 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations.
Residents are reminded to practise water safety; there is no substitute for parent supervision. Stay within arm’s reach, swim with a buddy and get trained. Visit www.barrie.ca/beaches for more information.
• Splash around at the splash pad at Lampman Lane Park or the popular water feature at Heritage Park.
• Jump in a pool. Those looking to avoid the sun but still enjoy the water can visit one of the pools located at the City’s recreation centres including Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Community Centre. Visit www.barrie.ca/DropIns for pool schedules.

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