As we head into September, the Huron County Health Unit reminds residents to enjoy the sun safely.
“Sun safety is important all year round,” says Sarah Gill, Public Health Promoter. “Ultraviolet radiation, or UV rays, from the sun cause sunburns, skin cancer and eye damage.”
Children and those working outdoors are at greatest risk for UV exposure as they tend to be outdoors during peak UV times. Even on cloudy days we can be exposed to high levels of UV.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family as the summer continues:
- Wear lightweight clothes that cover as much skin as possible
- Choose a wide brimmed hat to protect your scalp, ears, and neck
- Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled ‘broad spectrum’ and ‘water resistant’
- Reapply every two hours or after toweling, sweating, or swimming
- Check the expiry date. Sunscreen does expire!
- Use sunscreen on babies over six months of age but avoid the mouth and eye areas
- Apply sunscreen before other skin products and repellents
- Wear UV 400 or 100% UV protection sunglasses
- Choose close fitting, wrap-around sunglasses as they will better protect your eyes
- Wear sunglasses in highly reflective environments like near water, sand, and concrete
- make sure children’s eyes are protected! Children’s eyes have large pupils and clear lenses, allowing a lot of sunlight to enter.
Time of Day:
- Avoid direct sunlight from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Avoid direct sunlight when the UV index is 3 or higher, due to a higher risk of sun damage
- Seek shade throughout the day.
- Use lunchtime as a good break from the sun- find a tree or picnic shelter
- Make your own shade with an umbrella, tent or shade shelter.
- Keep babies younger than 1 year of age out of direct sunlight