Mushrooms Poisonings On The Rise in BC
"Approximately two thirds of mushroom related poisoning calls in 2019 involved children under the age of five,” said Raymond Li, a pharmacist with Poison Control. “It is important to be aware of dangers from consuming unidentified mushrooms, especially death cap mushrooms. We would like to remind mushroom hunters, parents and pet owners to be vigilant as they enjoy city, parks, forests and even their own backyard." BCCDC
Checks and balances to help parents navigate the murky waters of unchaperoned events and independence.
Child-care advocates are largely giving two thumbs up to the B.C. NDP's first budget.
Things Teens Wish Parents Knew
Parents often underestimate how difficult it is to be a teenager. Between school, peer pressure, family conflict and trying to define their identity, adolescents confront a great deal of stress on a daily basis. In fact, teens cite stress as the number-one reason they use drugs or alcohol. Read more...
Are you ready for an earthquake?
If an earthquake were to occur in British Columbia, the average citizen is probably not prepared, says Rene Bernstein, marketing director for St.John Ambulance.
Learn how to make a realistic exit plan for your family and learn how to be prepared with the Public Safety Canada Guide.
Points To Ponder...
“We are living in a culture of suspicion towards people whose disability is not immediately obvious. Imagine having heart disease or MS, being able to walk only a short distance, and being treated as a potential fraudster when you dare to park in a disabled parking bay.”
Summer is a time for family road trips, outdoor fun in the sun and hopefully lots of great weather.
Here are some simple reminders to prepare for safe summer days.
Summer Safety Tips
Heatstroke And What You Can Do To Help
If you think a person may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.
Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.
*Get the person into the shade or indoors.
*Remove excess clothing.
*Cool the person with whatever means available — put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person's head, neck, armpits and groin.
Rapid changes in elevation and weather can make highway conditions in B.C. unpredictable during the winter. Most B.C. highways have high mountain passes where you are likely to encounter winter weather starting in October. Learn how to be safe by being prepared.
How to Built a 72 Hour Emergency Kit
If you want to ensure you and your family can survive a natural disaster, an extended power outage or other major emergency, don't just put an emergency kit together. Take the time to ensure you have at least 72 hours of supplies, most notably drinking water, in the mix.