Heat Warning continues in Toronto, cooling centres open|
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Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, is continuing the Heat Warning until further notice. The City's cooling centres will remain open during this time.
During a Heat Warning, the public is encouraged to visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, individuals with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications, and those who are homeless.
The City's cooling centres are open at the following locations:
• Metro Hall – 55 John St. (24 hours)
• East York Civic Centre – 850 Coxwell Ave. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• North York Civic Centre – 5100 Yonge St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Driftwood Community Centre – 4401 Jane St. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Etobicoke Civic Centre – 399 The West Mall (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• McGregor Community Centre – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Centennial Community Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Cooling centres offer an air conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink and light snack. Cots are provided for visitors who feel ill from the heat. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat are on hand. More information is available at http://bitly.com/1iWlzIP.
In addition to the cooling centres and air-conditioned shopping malls, the city has 170 air conditioned community centres and local libraries across Toronto. For the homeless and underhoused, there are also 50 drop-in centres that are available at various hours seven days each week.
Members of the public are also advised to beat the heat by taking these precautions:
• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and when outdoors wear a wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
• Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.
Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to provide a dedicated cooling room for vulnerable residents to escape the heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check on those clients at increased risk of heat-related illness during warnings.
When a warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries may call 311.
More information about how to beat the heat is available at http://bitly.com/1ks3FTv.
Air pollution often increases during hot weather conditions. People with heart and lung conditions, seniors and children should pay special attention to the hourly Air Quality Health Index levels and forecasts that are available at http://bitly.com/1neJmrP.
Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.
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