Heat Alert upgraded to Extreme Heat Alert, Toronto cooling centres open
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Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, has upgraded the Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert for today. The Extreme Heat Alert will be in effect in Toronto until further notice.
During an Extreme Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or 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, limited mobility and with certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are homeless.
In addition to using air conditioned shopping malls, local libraries and neighbourhood community centres as places to cool off, cooling centres are open during Extreme Heat Alerts for those in need 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 Olympium - 590 Rathburn Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• McGregor Community Centre - 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
• Centennial Park Community Centre - 1967 Ellesmere Rd. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Water and snacks are available at the seven cooling centres. Additional information on ways to help people cool off is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health/heatalerts/beatheat_ac_places.htm.
The public is 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
• 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 residents to escape the heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check those clients at increased risk of heat-related illness during alerts.
When an alert 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 www.toronto.ca/health
Often high air pollution occurs 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 which are available at www.airhealth.ca
For more information about the cooling centres, please contact Patricia Anderson, Manager, City of Toronto Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-4328 and email@example.com.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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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