Huron County, ON – It’s the time of year when some people head to the sunny south for a break from the cold and snow in Huron County.
UV rays, however, never take a break. “Simple sun safety protection can help you and your loved ones have a great time and still be protected from UV rays,” says Alycia Kelly, Public Health Promoter with the Huron County Health Unit.
UV rays, from either the sun or tanning beds, are linked to an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
So if you’re heading south, follow these sun safety tips:
Before you go:
• Pack lots of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, labeled ‘broad spectrum’ and ‘water resistant’. Bring enough to last your entire trip! Sunscreen does expire so check the expiry dates – it’s a good idea to buy new bottles for your trip. Also consider buying a sunscreen lip balm.
• Bring sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection. They should be close fitting or wrap-around to shield your eyes as much as possible.
• Pack a wide-brimmed hat and comfortable clothing that will cover as much skin as possible.
During your trip:
• Check the local UV report. If the UV index is 3 or higher, limit your time in the sun. If you are outside, use sun protection.
• Seek shade under an umbrella or gazebo. Even though it’s nice to be outside, it’s important to take breaks from direct sun exposure.
• Protect your skin: apply plenty of sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to any skin not covered by clothing. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or towelling off. Always wear sunglasses and a hat when outside.