As the season changes so may some of your health and safety concerns.
As winter turns into spring there are more hours of daylight and the temperature is getting warmer. 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 insect bites and stings, and what to do if you do get bitten or stung.
- Allergies to Insect Stings
- Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
- Insect Repellents and DEET (HealthLinkBC File #96)
- 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. Learn about the benefits of physical activity, how to set physical activity goals, and how to stay safe.
- Health Benefits of Physical Activity
- How to Choose Safe Equipment
- Overcoming Barriers: Adding More Physical Activity to Your Life
- SMART Goal Setting
Plants and Wildlife
The more you know about your surroundings, the easier it is to stay safe. Learn about the types of plants and wildlife that might be in your area, and how you can stay safe when venturing into the wilderness.
- Getting Rid of Rodents (Rats and Mice) (HealthLinkBC File #37)
- Gypsy Moth Spraying (HealthLinkBC File #90a)
- Health Risks in the Wilderness (HealthLinkBC File #24)
- 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. Learn about seasonal allergies, including triggers, symptoms, and home treatment.
- 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. Learn how to enjoy the sunny weather while still being sun smart.
- Sunburn and Skin Cancer
- Sun Safety for Children (HealthLinkBC File #26)
- Ultraviolet Radiation (HealthLinkBC File #11)
BC Centre for Disease Control
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. The BCCDC is encouraging everyone to be aware of disease-causing ticks and prevention of Lyme disease that can result from a tick bite. Visit the BCCDC for resources to help keep you and your family safe.
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. Find resources related to food and nutrition, activity and lifestyle, pregnancy and parenting, or aging well.
Last Reviewed: March 2017