Preparing for incoming heat wave


UFV is monitoring the heat wave expected throughout our region in coming days.
As with any extreme weather event, UFV expects to remain open unless buildings and workspaces become unsafe.

Heat stress can result in a range of problems, from skin rashes and light-headedness to convulsions and unconsciousness. WorkSafeBC information regarding heat stress exposure and prevention can be found here.

Some individuals may be more susceptible to the effects of heat, especially in combination with poor external air quality. If you feel ill and are unable to work due to medical concerns, you are encouraged to inform your manager and seek medical attention.

UFV Facilities Management is modifying air conditioning routines to try and mitigate the impact of the extreme heat in campus buildings.

If you have concerns regarding office or classroom temperatures, you are encouraged to contact Facilities at

During this heat wave:

– Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.

– Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.

– Modify where possible your working hours to only be outside during the coolest times of day (early morning and late in the evening).

– Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine.

– Check on older family, friends, and neighbours. Make sure they are cool and are hydrating.

– Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

To help keep home or office temperatures lower:

– Turn off lights, computers, and other heat-generating electronics at the end of the day.

– Close window blinds to block sun and heat from entering the room during the day.

– Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to help create a cooling effect.

Please check for further updates during extreme weather.