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February 17, 2005
Toronto EMS urges caution when walking or driving today
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received over 50 calls this morning
between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. requesting emergency medical care for people who
slipped and fell on icy sidewalks, streets and parking lots.

The paramedics and dispatchers of Toronto EMS urge members of the public to be
very careful when walking today. Wear boots or shoes with adequate traction and
be aware that icy patches covered with light snowfall can be very hazardous.

Recent warm temperatures have caused snow to melt. This melted water has
refrozen and is very slippery when covered with newly fallen snow.

Residents and business owners are reminded to shovel snow as quickly as
possible and to use salt, sand or clay kitty litter on their sidewalks to melt
the ice and prevent slip and fall hazards. If you use salt, please use only
enough to get the job done and don't oversalt.

Motorists should also exercise caution when driving and be mindful that
pedestrians may have difficulty with their footing.

Media Contact:
Larry Roberts, Media Relations Coordinator, Toronto EMS,
416-708-8125 cell



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