Pilgrims should be prepared for rising temperatures|
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The temperature is expected to rise this weekend and so is the number of people
that will need medical attention at Sunday's Papal Mass. Toronto EMS is urging
all those planning to attend Sunday's Mass at Downsview Park to be prepared by
staying cool and well hydrated.
"Our paramedics at the CNE site responded to numerous heat-related emergencies
during the first few days of World Youth Day. We're concerned because it hasn't
been that hot and with the temperature forecast at 30 degrees this Sunday,
people need to be prepared," said Ron Kelusky, General Manager of Toronto EMS.
World Youth day organizers expect up to one million people to attend the Papal
Mass, and while there will be unprecedented levels of medical coverage, high
temperatures and humidity can create problems such as dehydration and heat
exhaustion, as well as aggravate existing medical conditions.
Many difficulties can be avoided by taking some simple precautions. Kelusky
recommends that those planning to attend the Papal Mass carry at least 1.5
litres of water with them, wear cool clothing, use sunscreen and wear hats.
The ground at Downsview is uneven, so good footwear like hiking boots or
supportive running shoes should be worn.
"People need to remember that the Mass is being held in an open field, so to
help avoid foot and ankle injuries, sensible footwear is very important," said
Kelusky. "Designer leather pumps aren't made for cross-country walking. Good
shoes will help prevent ankle injuries."
If you're planning to see His Holiness this Sunday, prepare for a four hour
hike, not a one hour Mass.