Check on your neighbours: Burnaby RCMP responds to concerning increase in sudden deaths amid heatwave


2021-06-29 09:20 PDT

File # 2021-0

Burnaby RCMP is urging people to check on loved ones and neighbours as the heatwave bringing record-breaking temperatures continues in Metro Vancouver.

In a 24 hour period since Monday, Burnaby RCMP has responded to more than 25 sudden death calls. Although still under investigation, heat is believed to be a contributing factor in the majority of the deaths. Many of the deceased have been seniors.

Check on your neighbours, check on family members, check on seniors you may know, said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP.

We are seeing this weather can be deadly for vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. It is imperative we check on one another during this extreme heat, Kalanj added.

Burnaby RCMP activated its Extreme Heat Response Plan on Friday, June 25. Additional officers that have been doing proactive patrols to reach vulnerable and unhoused community members to connect them with resources, and provide information about three City of Burnaby cooling locations.

They are located at:
• Edmonds Community Centre (7433 Edmonds St.)
• McGill Library (4595 Albert St.)
• Bob Prittie Metrotown Library (6100 Willingdon Ave.)

As we see the devastating impact of the heat, we want people to know there are safe and cool places for them to take refuge from this extreme weather, Kalanj said.

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704


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