Extreme Heat Alert Declared and Cooling Centres Open|
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Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Heat Alert for today, Sunday July 16, 2006.
Prolonged periods of heat may increase the risk of health effects for those populations most vulnerable, such as the elderly, infants, young children, the chronically ill, and those taking certain medications.
The public is encouraged to call or visit vulnerable and elderly friends and neighbours who may be at risk from hot weather.
During an Extreme Heat Alert four of the city’s civic centres are operated as cooling centres for those needing relief:
- Metro Hall, 55 John Street (John and King)
- East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue (Coxwell and Mortimer)
- Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe and Hwy 427)
- North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (Yonge and Sheppard)
Metro Hall will be open 24 hours while the three civic centres will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Homeless shelters will allow people to stay inside during the day to keep cool.
The public is advised to "Beat the Heat" by taking these precautions:
- drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
- stay out of the blazing sun or heat
- avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
- go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and libraries
- never leave children or pets unattended in a car
Toronto Public Health has a program encouraging landlords and property managers of rooming houses and other residences without air conditioning to set up a cool room in their buildings for vulnerable tenants during Heat Alerts and Extreme Heat Alerts. A few hours in a cooler location can help save lives. The Hot Weather Protection program also encourages landlords to ensure windows in rooms can be opened, and to check on vulnerable people.
Toronto Public Health
Canadian Red Cross
905-890-1000 ext 202
For information about the cooling centres:
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration