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July 29, 2011
Staying cool and hydrated at tomorrow's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival parade
Staying cool and hydrated at tomorrow's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival parade

With hot, humid weather expected this weekend, the City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services is reminding residents and visitors to take precautions for the heat when attending the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival parade in Toronto on Saturday, July 30.

“The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is a great example of Toronto's diversity and Toronto Emergency Medical Services is again a proud supporter. We want to ensure that everyone coming down for the day is prepared for the expected hot weather so they can enjoy the parade that much more,” said Toronto EMS Chief Paul Raftis.

In addition to the high heat and humidity, the UV index will be high, so residents and visitors are reminded to wear sunscreen. Loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing, along with hats and sunglasses, are also important. Consider taking an umbrella to the parade to help shade you from the full rays of the sun.

People attending the parade are asked to keep an eye on children and elderly people in particular for signs of dehydration: confusion, dizziness or breathing problems.

All revellers are reminded to stay hydrated by drinking water or natural fruit juices even before feeling thirsty. Breezes from Lake Ontario may feel cool but the effects of the sun, heat and humidity still occur and can be less easy to identify early on. The City of Toronto will have its water trucks on site for people to refill water bottles. Residents and visitors using cars are reminded to have extra water in the car in case of traffic delays after the parade.

Parade-goers who may be away from home for longer than expected are reminded to take along any necessary medications. The heat affects people with pre-existing medical conditions - particularly those with breathing problems, cardiac-related illness and diabetes - so people with those conditions need to be especially alert for heat-related problems.

Toronto Emergency Medical Services and St. John Ambulance will be on site for the parade all day. EMS will have a first-aid post just inside the Princes' Gates and a field hospital in Marilyn Bell Park. If there is a medical emergency while on the parade route, you should phone 911 and, if possible, quote the identifying number on the nearest light standard to help emergency services personnel find you.

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.

Media Contact
Adam Thurston
Emergency Medical Services



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