As the season changes so may some of your health and safety concerns.
As winter turns into spring there will be more hours of daylight and warmer temperatures. Many of us will start to spend more time outdoors playing sports, hiking rugged trails, camping in the wilderness, working in the garden, or simply enjoying a walk around the block. Whether you are venturing out into the wilderness or staying close to home, it is important that you know how to take care of yourself and your family.
For information on how to stay safe and healthy this spring, click on the links below.
Accidents can happen any time. To learn about first aid in emergency situations as well as treatments you can do at home for minor injuries, see our First Aid Learning Centre.
Insect Bites and Stings
Spring is the start of insect season. Learn how to avoid getting bitten or stung, and what to do if you do get bitten or stung. For more information, click on the links below.
- Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
- Insect Repellents and DEET (HealthLinkBC File #96)
- Preventing Bee Stings
- Tick Bites and Disease (HealthLinkBC File #01)
After months of cold weather, many of us jump at the chance to get outdoors and enjoy the milder weather of spring. For ideas on how to get started and to make sure you and your family stay safe, click on the links below.
- Fitness: Adding More Activity to Your Life
- Health Risks in the Wilderness (HealthLinkBC File #24)
- Preventing Children's Injuries From Sports and Other Activities
- Quick Tips: Getting Active as a Family
Plants and Wildlife
The more you know about your surroundings, the easier it is to stay safe. To learn about plants and wildlife that might be in your area, click on the links below.
- Getting Rid of Rodents (Rats and Mice) (HealthLinkBC File #37)
- Gypsy Moth Spraying (HealthLinkBC File #90a)
- How to Recognize Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
- Staying Healthy Around Animals
Flowers are starting to bloom and plants are starting to grow again which means allergy season is here. To learn more about seasonal allergies, including triggers, symptoms, and home treatment, click on the links below.
- Allergies: Avoiding Outdoor Triggers
- Allergies: Should I take Allergy Shots?
- Hay Fever and Other Seasonal Allergies
- Over-the-Counter Medicines for Allergies
The days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger, which means there is a higher risk of getting a sunburn. To learn more, click on the links below.
- Sunburn and Skin Cancer
- Sun Safety for Children (HealthLinkBC File #26)
- Ultraviolet Radiation (HealthLinkBC File #11)
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. They provide provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation. For information from BCCDC about ticks and Lyme disease, click on the links below.
HealthyFamilies BC helps British Columbians to better manage their own health and reduce chronic disease by focusing on 4 key areas: proper nutrition, healthy lifestyles, resources for parents, and fostering healthy communities. To learn more, click on the link below.
Physical Activity Line (PAL)
Call and speak to a qualified exercise professional. You’ll get free physical activity guidance suited to your needs and lifestyle. You’ll also find resources on physical activity and information for families and older adults. Click on the link below to learn more.
Last Reviewed: March 2016