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August 13, 2002
Heat alert extended for third day
Toronto Public Health is extending the City of Toronto's current heat alert
through today, Tuesday, August 13. This is the third consecutive day of the
alert, which was called on Sunday, August 11.

Prolonged periods of heat may increase the risk of health effects for those
populations most vulnerable, such as the elderly, infants, young children, the
chronically ill, and those taking certain medications (e.g., for mental

The public is advised to "beat the heat" by taking these
  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and libraries
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car
During a
heat alert, people can call the Red Cross' Heat Information Line at

Media contacts:
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7267
Laura Byers, Canadian Red Cross, 416-480-0195, ext. 2253
Dean Shaddock, Emergency Medical Services, 416-370-9866
Phil Brown, Shelter, Housing & Support, 416-392-7885,
cell, 416-435-8267

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