Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke

Extreme heat and wildfire smoke can pose serious risks to social housing tenants that can increase during COVID-19. This page offers tips and tools how to mitigate those risks.

Please note: Some of the information on this page may not be up to date with regards to orders, notices and guidance from the Provincial Health Officer related to COVID-19.

Health Impacts

Everyone is at risk of heat and wildfire smoke illnesses in the summer, and social housing tenants are at increased risk because they often have fewer resources.



Planning and Communicating with Tenants

Building managers and housing providers should communicate with tenants and building staff about the risks of extreme heat and poor air quality, the signs and symptoms of related illnesses, and how to stay safe.

How to Cool a Space

There are different actions building operators, staff and tenants can take to cool a space.  

Resources and Webinars

The following resources and webinars will help you stay informed and prepared during extreme heat and wildfire smoke in BC.