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.
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.
- Food Safety: East Steps to Make Food Safe (HealthLinkBC File #59a)
- Food Safety for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (HealthLinkBC File #59b)
- Disinfecting Drinking Water (HealthLinkBC File #49b)
- Summer Food Safety
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.
- Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
- Insect Repellents and DEET (HealthLinkBC File #96)
- Preventing Insect Stings
- Tick Bites and Disease (HealthLinkBC File #01)
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.
- Health Benefits of Physical Activity
- Health Risks in the Wilderness (HealthLinkBC File #24)
- Quick Tips: Staying Active in Hot Weather
- Walking Log
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.
- Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke
- Heat-related Illness (HealthLinkBC File #35)
- Ultraviolet Radiation (HealthLinkBC File #11)
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 check our Public Health Alerts In Your Area page for your local health authority 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.
- Child Safety: Preventing Drowning
- 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
- Travel During Pregnancy
- Travel Health
- Travel Immunizations for Adults (HealthLinkBC File #41c)
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: August 2018