Still Need Protection from UV Rays on Cloudy Days

Did you know that even when the sun isn’t shinning UV rays can still cause skin damage?

Do you take action to protect yourself and your children from the sun all year-round? Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can get through light clouds, mist, and fog.

Here are some tips:

  • Cover up. 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 in the sun. Keep out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Look for places with lots of shade, like a park with big trees. Always take an umbrella to the beach.
  • Use the UV index forecast. When the UV index is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

For more information, see Health Canada’s sun safety tips.