TORONTO, June 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Associate
Medical Officer of Health has declared 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, to make sure
they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk
include people with chronic illnesses, limited mobility and with
certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on
certain medications and those who are homeless.
The public is advised to Beat the Heat by taking these precautions:
Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty
Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many
local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood
Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down
Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear
Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella
Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day
Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car
Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to
provide a dedicated cooling room for vulnerable residents to escape the
heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks
of heat-related illness and to call or check on those clients at
increased risk of heat-related illness during alerts.
When an alert is declared, those who need assistance or have
heat-related inquiries may call 311.
For more information on how to beat the heat, please visit http://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 http://www.airhealth.ca.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE: City of Toronto
For further information:
Kris Scheuer, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-8020 (weekdays) email@example.com, 311 (weekends only)
Tanya Elliott, Canadian Red Cross, 905-501-2371 (bus), 905-460-7966 (cell)