Toronto Declared Heat Alert

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, to make sure they are all right. Other groups at risk include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, 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 sun.

• 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. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check those clients at increased risk of heat-related illness during alerts

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