Seasonal Safety - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Seasonal Safety

Going to the hospital for an injury is never ideal. Take steps to prevent injuries—but remember that emergency rooms are open if you need it. BC Children’s Hospital has a guide on their website in case you are not sure if you need to go to emergency, or you can talk to your family doctor or call 8-1-1.

Even during this uncertain time, it’s important to continue to stay active, stay calm, and be aware of your surroundings.

Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We have put together a factsheet on motorcycle injuries and where and when they occur.

Heat and Sun Safety

As the weather heats up, we want to remind you to take the following steps to beat the heat. BCCDC has more information on their website.

  • Keep kids hydrated and bring extra water, encourage little ones to frequently sip.
  • Make sure you have enough sunscreen sun hats, and sunglasses for the family.
  • Wear breathable material and dress children in long sleeves for sun protection. Keep long hair tied up to allow air to evaporate sweat.
  • Spend time in the shade.
  • Children need constant supervision when they are around any type of body of water including a wading pool, pond, splash pad, lake or beach – always watch children closely. Adults should not go swimming or boating alone.
  • If you’re at the beach, do not allow children to swim in large waves or strong undertows.
  • Adults should be within an arm’s reach at all times and provide ‘touch supervision’ to infants, toddlers, and weak swimmers.
  • Model the behaviour you wish to see in your kids—you should put on a PFD too!
  • Do not drink alcohol while swimming or boating.
  • Enroll children in swimming lessons. If you’re not a strong swimmer, consider enrolling yourself too.
  • Ensure children are wearing proper-fitting Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) when they are in or around water. For kids younger than five-years-old, choose a device with a strap between the legs and head support.
  • Empty small, above ground wading pools after use. Even a small amount of water (five centimeters) left in an inflatable pool can be hazardous for a child.
  • Clear all toys from pools when not in use to ensure children do not attempt to retrieve them later on.
  • Talk to children about the dangers of water and ensure they follow all rules and directions.