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July 12, 2005
Extreme Heat Alert extended
  
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has extended yesterday’
s Extreme Heat Alert for today.

An Extreme Heat Alert is declared when there is a period of sustained,
excessively hot weather and the likelihood of weather-related mortality exceeds
90 per cent. This the 16th day a heat alert has been called this summer, 10 of
which have been an Extreme Alert.

The Red Cross and Emergency Medical Services will respond to requests to check
on those who may be at risk. To obtain advice on how to “Beat the Heat” call
the Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Those in need of immediate assistance during an Extreme Heat Alert can call 911.

During an Extreme Heat Alert, four cooling centres are open to provide relief
from the heat:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St. (John and King)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (Coxwell and Mortimer)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnamthorpe and Hwy 427)
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Yonge and Sheppard)


Metro Hall will be open 24 hours while the three civic centres will operate
from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Homeless shelters will allow people to stay inside
during the day to keep cool.

When an Extreme 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 and to distribute bottled water to these populations.

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.


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


Media contacts:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974

Peter Macintyre
Emergency Medical Services
416-392-2069
416-390-4096 (pager)

John Clarke
Canadian Red Cross
416-480-2500 ext. 2253

For information about the cooling centres call:

Bryon Clarke
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
647-321-7829
416-714-2750 (pager)



 

 

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