Your Health This Summer

We all want to make the most of the beautiful B.C. summers, while staying safe.

Under BC’s Restart plan, British Columbians can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. If your summer plans include travel within B.C., remember that COVID-19 is still present in all areas of B.C. Help keep the communities you travel to safe by continuing to practice safety measures. This includes wearing a mask, maintaining a physical distance and washing your hands.

Please see our Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health feature for more information.

If you are spending more time outdoors, you may increase your risk of getting injured. You could be exposed to bugs and heat. Wildfires may expose you to smoke.

To help you enjoy the summer months, see the information below on taking care of yourself and your family.

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Food Safety

Most food borne illnesses are preventable. Learn how to safely prepare and store your food for summer barbeque, picnic and camping meals. Click on the links below for more information.

Insect Bites and Stings

You are 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 for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and biking. For information on how you and your family can 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 are the long, warm days. However, spending too much time in the sun or heat may affect your health if you aren’t prepared. To learn how to protect yourself and your family, click on the links below.

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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