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Ontario Winter Games

Going to the Ontario Winter Games?

Enjoy them to the fullest with these tips


Before you go ...

Tips for the outdoors

  • Be aware of extreme cold weather and snowfall warnings
  • During extreme cold weather skin can freeze very quickly. Dress in layers and cover exposed skin; wear waterproof and windproof outer layers; make sure young children and older adults are especially careful.
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen on your face to protect your skin and eyes. Fresh snow can reflects 80-90% of the sun’s rays.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas and roadways and do not park in flooded areas.
  • Hazardous conditions may exist around all waterbodies, as there is a high risk of life-threatening injury if a person falls into the extremely cold water.

Tips for drinking responsibly

  • If you choose to drink alcohol in permitted areas, drink in moderation and alternate between alcohol and non-alcohol drinks.
  • Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time no matter how alert the caffeine, sugar and other ingredients in Energy drinks make you feel.
  • Mixing alcohol with other drugs can be dangerous and sometimes fatal; get immediate assistance from first aid responders on-site for anyone who may be experiencing negative effects.
  • No amount of alcohol is safe when pregnant.

Tips to prevent illness

  • Prevent yourself from getting sick and spreading germs by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer or washing your hands regularly with soap and water as needed.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick with diarrhea, vomiting, rash and/or fever.

Tips to prevent injuries

  • Before heading out on the roads check road conditions and traffic reports.
  • Use extra caution when driving on roads with snow accumulation.
  • Driving any type of motorized vehicle while impaired (by fatigue, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs) or while distracted is against the law and a serious risk for injury or death.
  • Watch your step — prevent slips, trips and falls caused by uneven ground, slippery surfaces or other obstacles.
  • Distracted walking is dangerous — pay attention when walking in parking lots or other areas with moving vehicles.

Tips for tobacco-free festivities

  • Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings including toilet facilities, work vehicles, public transportation and vehicles with children under the age of 16. Outdoor food and bar patios are smoke-free.

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