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June 27, 2005
Heat Alert declared
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has declared a Heat
Alert for today, June 27.

This is the fifth Heat Alert called since June 6. There have also been five
Extreme Heat Alerts declared. In 2004 there were two Heat Alerts.

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

When a Heat Alert is declared, 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. 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
  • 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

Media Contact:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health



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