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August 2, 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:
- 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

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

Media contact:
Frank Giorno, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



 

 

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