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Stay Summer Safe

Camping Safety

Camping is a great way to get outdoors with your family and friends and enjoy the weather. 

According to BC Parks, there were 2,745,449 camping visits in the province in 2015/2016. As more and more people are getting outside, it's important to ensure your camping trip is safe. 

Learn our tips for preparing safe food and water, fire safety, preventing bug bites, being bear aware and changing weather patterns.

Sun Safety

Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and sun stroke?

 

 The effects are equally uncomfortable, and in some cases, potentially life threatening, but the more you know about these two health conditions, the better prepared you can be. 

Learn how you can stay sun safe this summer. 

Hiking Safety

Hiking is a very enjoyable activity because you get to take in the scenic views that British Columbia has to offer while breaking a sweat. However, hiking can pose dangers if you are not prepared. Each year, rescue groups respond to a number of hikers who are lost and injured. Some hikers even lose their lives.

 

It is important to remember that you will be in an isolated area with less foot traffic and there is a chance you may encounter wildlife. 

The best way to enjoy yourself is to have a plan. Learn what the potential risks are and what you need to bring. Learn our top tips for hiking so that you can stay safe this summer.

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Water Safety

Whether your favourite way to cool down is by swimming in a lake, river, private pool, the ocean, or taking your motorboat out for a spin, it’s no question that Canadians love spending time in the water.

Unfortunately, water-related fatalities account for hundreds of Canadian deaths each year. Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in Canada, and the second highest cause of preventable death for children 10 and under.

But water doesn’t have to be dangerous, so long as you follow certain safety guidelines and stay aware of your surroundings. 

Getting the right training, and knowing how to take care of yourself and others will reduce potential risks and keep everyone safe around the water. We’ve compiled some tips to keep you safe – no matter what your go-to water activity may be.

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Sun Safety

Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and sunstroke? The effects are equally uncomfortable, and in some cases, potentially life-threatening, but the more you know about these two health conditions, the better prepared you can be.

 

Learn how you can prevent and recognize sunstroke and heat exhaustion this summer.

 

St. John Ambulance

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