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June 17, 2006
Heat Alert declared
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a heat alert for today, Saturday, June 17.

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. High heat this early in the summer can have a more serious affect on those who are vulnerable, as the body has not yet adjusted to hot weather.

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 in early June encouraging landlords and property managers of rooming houses and other residences without air conditioning 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 Plan also includes asking landlords to ensure windows in rooms can be opened, and to check on vulnerable people.

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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