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Sun safety tips

Summers are not a time to just sit in home. School is over and to enjoy this time it is essential to protect your family and still have fun under the sun.

  • Covering up is good in SUN. When the UV Index is 3 or higher, it is better to protect your skin as much as possible. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat made from breathable fabric. When you buy sunglasses, make sure they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Limit your time out in the sun. Keep out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The UV index in Canada can be 3 or higher during those times. When your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is very strong. Look for places with lots of shade, like a park with big trees, partial roofs, awnings, umbrellas or gazebo tents. Always take an umbrella to the beach.

  • Be smart and use the UV Index forecast. Tune in to local radio and TV stations or check online for the UV index forecast in your area. When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy.

  • Use sunscreen to protect. Put sunscreen on when the UV index is 3 or higher. Use sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant” with an SPF of at least 30.

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty and keep yourself Hydrated. If sunny days are also hot and humid, stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat illness. Dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body) is dangerous, and thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration. Keep a water bottle close to you and sip after few minutes.

  • Avoid using tanning equipment. There is no such thing as a ‘healthy’ tan. Using tanning equipment damages your skin and increases your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.



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