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Half of British Columbia residents are not confident about the 911's response at another heat dome.

Leger polls also show income disparities in preparation, with low-income earners reporting that another heat dome is not ready.

File photo of an ambulance during last June's heat dome in B.C.
An ambulance at the Heat Dome in British Columbia last June. File Photo Photo: DON MACKINNON/AFP via Getty Images

Different among British Columbia residents There is growing concern about the heat dome. According to a new poll, they were half worried that they wouldn't reach 911 when 911 reoccurred.

According to a Leger survey conducted for Postmedia, 52% of respondents were on time for paramedics in the event of a heat-related health emergency. I'm not confident in dealing with it.

Leger Vancouver Executive Vice President Steve Mossop said the residents do not think the problem has been resolved, even though Health Minister Adrian Dix has promised to increase the number of emergency staff.

"The government says we put it under control, but the public hasn't bought it. They're worried. It's a little scary," he said. ..

Opinion polls also suggest two-thirds BC. After June 25, 2021, residents (65%) were adversely affected by last year's heat dome when temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the state.

Three-quarters of those surveyed reported suffering at least one heat-related illness, according to polls. For example, more than half (54%) had sleep problems. 37% reported excessive sweating and 36% felt tired. Other major concerns include dehydration, headaches, loss of appetite, extreme thirst, dizziness, and sunburn.

Source: Leger.
Source: Leger.

According to a young BC poll, residents aged 18-34, low household income (less than $ 40,000), and women are most concerned about another heat dome. ing.

“Young residents have income inequality, so if you live in an apartment, you don't have as many options as if you live in a house,” Mossop said.

He also said that many young people may be more worried about the climate crisis.

"There may be concerns about the whole planet. It may not be" Oh, I die from heat waves ", but" Wow, this is the time we live in. "I'm showing," he said.

Overall, 78% of respondents say they are ready for another heat dome in 2022. However, most of them (84%) earn over $ 80,000 a year. The number of people who earn less than $ 40,000 drops to 70 percent.

"Income limits your readiness, which is a real income inequality problem," Mosop said. "This is starting to spark a debate about changes to building codes."

As for what they are doing in preparation, 54% buy fans and 46% install air conditioners. And 38% said they plan to check their loved ones.

Only 28% said they would check for vulnerable neighbors, but 27% said they would go elsewhere to find a shelter.

Pollsters say high-income households are more likely to have air conditioners and heat pumps than low-income households.

Leger polls of 1,002 BC Adults were conducted from June 17th to June 19th. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 out of 20.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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