As we head into the second half of our summer, the Huron County Health Unit reminds residents to keep enjoying the sun safely.
“Sun safety is important all year round,” says Sarah Gill, Public Health Promoter. “Ultraviolet radiation, or UV rays, from the sun can cause sunburns, skin cancer and eye damage.”
Children are most at risk because they tend to spend more time outdoors when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family as the summer continues:
- Time of Day: Limit time in the sun when the UV index is higher, usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Shade: Seek shade or make your own – bring an umbrella.
- Cover Up: Wear lightweight clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face.
- Sunscreen: Choose an approved broad-spectrum sunscreen. Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Check expiry dates to make sure you are fully protected. Reapply often, especially after swimming or sweating. Use a sunscreen lip balm, too.
- Sunglasses: Wear close-fitting or wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.
Do not use sunscreen on babies less than six months old. Protect them by keeping them out of direct sunlight.