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July 29, 2006
Heat Alert declared
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a heat alert for today, Saturday July 29, 2006.

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, libraries, and community centres
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a car.

Those in need of assistance during a Heat Alert 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.

Toronto Public Health launched a new program this season 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.

For more information visit our Web site at

Media contacts:

Toronto Public Health

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



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