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July 19, 2011
Public urged to check on neighbours during prolonged heat
Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, and Paul Raftis, Chief of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services, are reminding the public to take precautions during this heat wave, and check on neighbours, friends and family who may be at increased risk of heat-related illness.

“During prolonged periods of extreme heat, the risk of heat-related death in the City increases significantly, especially for the elderly, people with chronic health conditions, and vulnerable and isolated people who live in poor quality housing with inadequate ventilation or no air conditioning,” said Dr. McKeown. “I am asking everyone, including landlords, to check on those at risk.”

A Heat Alert is currently in effect, and if the forecasted weather conditions continue, Toronto Public Health (TPH) may issue an Extreme Heat Alert for the next few days. If an Extreme Heat Alert is called, the City will open seven cooling centres to help those who have no access to air conditioned facilities. In addition, Parks, Forestry and Recreation may extend operating hours of certain Toronto pools.

Given the anticipated temperatures in the coming days, TPH will send its inspectors to visit rooming houses and boarding houses across Toronto to assess conditions and to provide information to landlords and tenants.

During Alerts, for heat advice and related services call the Canadian Red Cross Heat Information Line 416-480-2615 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Rishma Govani
Toronto Public Health



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