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June 9, 2005
Residents advised to beat the heat
  
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has declared a heat
alert for today, June 9.

The public is advised to "beat the heat" by taking these precautions:
  • drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
  • stay out of the blazing sun or heat
  • avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors
  • go to places that are air conditioned, including shopping malls and
    libraries
  • never leave children and pets unattended in a car.

    A heat alert is called when an oppressive air mass is forecast and the
    likelihood of excess weather-related mortality exceeds 65%. An extreme heat
    alert is declared when there is a period of sustained, excessively hot weather
    and excess weather-related mortality exceeds 90%.

    For more information on Toronto’s Hot Weather Response Plan visit our Web site
    at www.toronto.ca/health.


    Media Contact:

    Frank Giorno
    Toronto Public Health
    416-338-7974



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