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July 30, 2006
Heat Alert extended
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has extended the Heat Alert for today, Sunday, July 30.

During a Heat Alert the public is encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbours who are at risk of suffering health consequences because of hot weather. People at greatest risk include the elderly, infants and young children, the chronically ill, and those taking certain medications.

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 air conditioned places, including shopping malls, one of Toronto’s 99 libraries, or 81 community centres
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a car
  • Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to set up dedicated cool rooms and check on vulnerable tenants

Toronto’s four civic centres are operated as Cooling Centres during Extreme Heat Alerts only, and not during Heat Alerts. Over 750 service providers and community partners implement hot weather response plans to assist vulnerable people during Heat Alerts and Extreme Heat Alerts.

Those in need of assistance may call the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Both the Red Cross and Emergency Medical Services will respond to requests to check on those who may be at risk.

For more information visit our Web site at

Media contacts:

Rishma Govani
Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974 (weekdays)
On weekends only, call

Tanya Elliott
Canadian Red Cross
905-890-1000 ext 202



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