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July 10, 2005
Heat Alert Declared
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has declared a Heat
Alert for today, July 10th 2005.

A Heat Alert is called when an oppressive air mass is forecast and the
likelihood of excess weather-related mortality exceeds 65 percent.

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. 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.

During a Heat Alert, more than 1,100 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. For more information on
Toronto's Hot Weather Response Plan visit our Web site at

Marco Vittiglio, Toronto Public Health, 416-896-2250 (cell)



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