Get Games Ready
Just like athletes prepare for competition, you should prepare for your TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games experience. Your safety, comfort and enjoyment of the Games could depend on decisions you make even before you leave home. To get the best out of the Games, it’s worth keeping in mind the following:
Smoke-Free Games Experience
TO2015 is committed to providing a smoke-free spectator experience at the Games. The adoption of a smoke-free policy aligns with the principles of sports, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. This restriction extends to the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, hookahs, snuffing and chewing tobacco.
If you smoke, it is helpful to be familiar with the requirements of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Prepare for the Weather
Always check the weather forecast before leaving for an event, especially if you’re planning to visit an outdoor venue. Environment Canada offers detailed weather information and alerts. Also, there are many apps that can bring this information directly to your mobile device. Weather Active, developed jointly by Environment Canada and Toronto Public Health, is one example of an app that provides weather forecasts and alerts along with health and lifestyle tips. Games venue pages in this guide also provide weather-related advice specific to that sport and/or location.
Other key weather-related tips include:
- Wear sunscreen — Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (SPF 30 or higher for extended outdoor exposure) before you head outside. Reapply your sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Stay hydrated— Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty. Bring your refillable water bottle as free drinking water is available at all venues.
- Watch for signs of heat illness — If you or someone you’re with starts to feel dizzy or nauseous, have a headache, are extremely thirsty or develop rapid breathing or heartbeat, move to a cool place and drink lots of water. Heat stroke is a medical emergency! Seek help if you or someone you're with has a high body temperature, seems confused or loses consciousness.
- Stay stylish but safe— Wear loose, light-coloured breathable clothing along with a wide-brimmed hat, and UVA and UVB protective sunglasses to help protect you from the heat and sun.
- Plan for appropriate footwear — A number of events and venues may require a significant amount of walking and/or standing. Outdoor venues may have uneven or difficult terrain and some competition sessions and spectator areas will require standing for extended periods. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate footwear.