The heat can be dangerous, so here are some tips on beating the heat!
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for Toronto today. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.
During a Heat Alert, members of the public are 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 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 or natural fruit juices; do not wait to feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
• 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 who are 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 the Canadian Red Cross Heat Information Line at 416-480-2615 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
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.
Here’s where the cooling centres, and some other good places to cool off, are in Toronto!
More information about how to Beat the Heat is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health.
Any advice on a simple way to beat the heat? What works for you?