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Sun Safety


It is impossible to avoid the sun completely- no matter how hard we try. However, here’s ten ways that can work together to enjoy the sun safely by protecting the skin and eyes:

  1. Learn about the UV Index (external link).
    The UV (Ultra Violet) Index gives information about the strength of the sun’s rays and how to protect your family.
  2. Cover up both you and your baby.
    • Lightweight, loose fitting clothing with UV protection.
    • Denser and darker-coloured fabrics that block more sun.
    • Wide-brimmed hats.
  3. Apply and reapply broad spectrum sunscreens (external link)
    with SPF 30 or higher to exposed skin…don’t forget your ears, and nose!
  4. Keep infants under 12 months out of direct sunlight.
    Sunscreens should not be used on babies less than 6 months old. Babies and young children (external link) have thinner, more sensitive skin than adults.
  5. Use SPF 30 lip balm.
  6. Put on a pair of cool shades!
    Wearing sunglasses (external link) that protect against both UVA and UVB rays (external link) will provide your eyes with the best protection all throughout the year. Sunglasses are important for the whole family!
  7. Seek or make shade.
    The sun’s rays are strongest between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.. But no worries, you can still have fun in the sun by:
    • finding the shady side of the pool for an afternoon dip.
    • enjoying a picnic under a tree…don’t forget the umbrella.
    • making your own shade - bring an umbrella!
  8. Avoiding ‘reflected’ rays.
    UV rays can bounce off of sand, water and pavement.
  9. Be aware that the sun’s UV rays can be harmful to the skin and eyes even when it is cloudy.
  10. Last, but not least…be a good role model!
    It will make a difference to the long-term health of your family.
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