Heat Alert Declared

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of
Health has issued a Heat Alert for today. The Heat Alert will be in effect
until further notice.
    During a Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family,
friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at
greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Other at risk groups
include people with chronic illnesses, including mental illness, infants and
young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally
housed or homeless.
    The public is advised to "Beat the Heat" by taking these precautions:

    -   Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices
    -   Go to air conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many
        local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood
    -   Stay out of the blazing sun or heat
    -   Reduce strenuous physical outdoor activity, especially between
        11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    -   Never leave the elderly, children or pets unattended in a car

    Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to provide
a dedicated cooling room for residents to escape the heat.
    Those in need of assistance or have heat related inquiries may call the
Canadian Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and
9 p.m.
    For more information on How to Beat the Heat visit www.toronto.ca/health.
    Often high air pollution occurs during hot weather conditions. People
with heart and lung conditions, seniors and children should pay special
attention to the hourly Air Quality Health Index levels and forecasts
available at www.airhealth.ca.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

                 Visit our website at www.toronto.ca/health

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Susan Sperling, Toronto Public
Health, (416) 338-7974 (weekdays), (416) 690-2142 (weekends only); Tanya
Elliott, Canadian Red Cross, (905) 890-1000 ext. 202 or pager (416) 442-1948

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