Your Health This Summer
As the season changes so may some of our health and safety concerns.
School’s out for the summer, and everyone else is too! We all want to make the most of the beautiful outdoor weather B.C. has to offer. For many of us, this means visiting beaches; swimming in lakes, rivers, pools or the ocean; camping; hiking; biking; and getting out of the gym to do our physical fitness routine. However, summer also has the hottest months of the year, the bugs are biting, and spending more time outdoors can increase your risk of getting injured. To fully enjoy the summer months, it is important to have the information you need to take care of yourself and your family.
For information on how to stay safe and healthy this summer, click on the links below.
Physical Activity: Camping, Hiking, and Biking
The summer months are a great time to enjoy the outdoors and participate in activities such as camping, hiking and biking. For more information on how you and your family can fully enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and healthy, click on the links below.
- Child Safety: Bicycles and Tricycles
- Children's Camps
- Health Risks in the Wilderness (HealthLinkBC File #24)
- Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
- Salmonellosis (HealthLinkBC File #17)
- Summer Food Safety
- Tick Bites and Disease (HealthLinkBC File #01)
- Water Purification to Prevent Giardia
Sun and Heat
Why not spend time outdoors; summer will only last a few months. However, the hottest months of the year may affect your health if you do not take the necessary precautions. To learn how to protect yourself and your family, click on the links below.
- Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke
- Quick Tips: Staying Active in Hot Weather
- Sunblocks to Prevent Sunburn
- Ultraviolet Radiation (HealthLinkBC File #11)
Taking a dip in a pool, lake, river, or the ocean is a fun and popular way to beat the summer heat. To make sure you and your family stay safe in and around the water this summer, click on the links below.
- Child Safety: Preventing Drowning
- Marine Stings and Scrapes
- Safety Tips for Swimmers (HealthLinkBC File #39)
- Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
- Swimmer's Itch (HealthLinkBC File #52)
You never know what might happen while you travel. To help plan for the unexpected, click on the links below.
- Diabetes: Travel Tips
- Heart Rhythm Problems: How to Travel Safely
- Travel During Pregnancy
- Travel Health
- Travel Immunizations for Adults (HealthLinkBC File #41c)
BC Centre for Disease Control
Eating outdoors, whether it’s enjoying pre-cooked foods for a picnic or meat cooked on an outdoor grill, is a rite of the season. But bacteria on food can multiply quickly in the warmer weather and contaminate food, leading to stomach aches, diarrhea or more serious health issues. The BC Centre for Disease Control has some tips to reduce the risk of illness.
Last Reviewed: June 2014