Your Health This Summer

As the season changes so may some of our health and safety concerns.

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.

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Food Safety

Most food borne illnesses are preventable. Learn how to safely prepare and store your food so that you can fully enjoy the summer barbeque, picnic and camping season. Click on the links below for more information.

Insect Bites and Stings

You are more likely to come into contact with biting and stinging insects during the summer months. Don’t let bugs stop you from enjoying the warm weather. To learn what you can do to prevent being bitten or stung, click on the links below.

Physical Activity

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.

For physical activity or exercise advice, you can call 8-1-1 to speak with a qualified exercise professional Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.

Sun and Heat

One of the best parts about summer is the long, warm days. However, spending too much time in the sun or heat may affect your health if you aren’t properly prepared. To learn how to protect yourself and your family, click on the links below.

Swimming and Water Safety

Taking a dip in a pool, lake, river, or the ocean is a fun and popular way to beat the summer heat. Before you head out to the water, remember to always check the local health authority or municipal website for any pool, lake, river, or beach advisories. For information to help you and your family stay safe in and around the water this summer, click on the links below.

Travel Health

You never know what might happen while you travel. To help plan for the unexpected, click on the links below.

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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.

The BCCDC is encouraging everyone to be aware of disease-causing ticks and prevention of Lyme disease that can result from a tick bite. Learn what you can do to help keep you and your family safe:

Get information and tips on how to reduce your risk of foodborne illness:

Last Reviewed: June 2017

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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