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August 8, 2005
Heat Alert declared
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has declared a Heat
Alert for today.

A Heat Alert is called when an oppressive air mass is forecast and the
likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds 65 per cent. When a Heat Alert
is declared, more than 1,000 community partners are on alert to monitor and
assist vulnerable populations such as elderly and homeless people. Both the Red
Cross and Emergency Medical Services will respond to requests to check on those
who may be at risk.

The public is advised to "Beat the Heat" by taking these precautions:

  • go to places near you that are air conditioned or provide opportunities
    to cool off, including community centres, swimming pools, shopping malls and
  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car.

Those in need of assistance during a Heat Alert may call the Red Cross Heat
Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

This is the 26th Heat Alert called this year -- 18 have been Extreme Heat
Alerts. For more information on Toronto's Hot Weather Response Plan visit

Media contact:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health



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