32 Okanagan Residents Killed From Heat Wave: BC Coroner’s Office | The Canadian News

Thirty-two Okanagan residents died from extreme heat last summer, according to updated information from the BC Coroner’s Office.

Not all places of death were listed, however, the coroner’s report noted that 12 of these deaths occurred in Kelowna and another five in Vernon. These are among the 64 deaths in the Interior Health region.

They are just a fraction of the deaths that occurred in BC during the record heat wave that claimed the lives of at least 595 British Columbia residents. The highest death toll occurred between June 25 and July 1, when a heat dome weather event caused numerous temperature records to be set across the province.


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At least 526 deaths occurred during this event, and several of the deaths recorded in the days and weeks that followed were due to injuries sustained during the heat dome period.

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“While we hope that the fatality review findings will contribute significantly to efforts to increase public safety, we must take steps to prepare for future extreme weather events now,” Lisa Lapointe, chief medical examiner, said in a press release.

“The effects of climate change are both real and unpredictable. Having a plan to regularly communicate with loved ones who live alone, being aware of the cooler and air-conditioned areas in your neighborhood, and paying attention to early warnings about extreme weather are simple steps that will help ensure that we are all properly prepared and safe “.


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According to the definitions of the International Classification of Diseases, the BC Coroners Service considers a heat-related death when the localized environment or body temperature of a deceased is consistent with hyperthermia or there is no direct temperature at the time of death, but there is evidence to support that heat had a significant causal effect on death.

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Nearly three-quarters of the deaths recorded between June 25 and July 1 occurred in the health authorities regions of Fraser (273) or Vancouver Coastal (120). The mortality rate in the entire province during this period was 10.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. People aged 70 and over accounted for 69% of the deaths. No heat-related deaths were reported among the children.


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The BC Coroners Service expects to have completed individual investigations of each of the 595 heat-related deaths by early 2022.

At that time, the service will convene a death review panel made up of experts in the field who will create recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The panel’s findings are expected to be released in late spring 2022.

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