Did you know that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 11 am and 3 pm?
So, keep out of the sun and heat during this time of day.
Most of us like to work, play, and relax outside on a sunny day, but too much sun and heat can be harmful. For example, ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) damages the DNA of the skin cells, which can cause skin cancer.
The following tips can help to protect, you and your family, from heat and harmful UV rays:
- Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Protect your lips too. Look for lip balms with SPF.
- Apply sunscreen generously and evenly, at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun and reapply at least every 2 hours. You may need to reapply it even more often if you are sweating, swimming, or towelling off.
- Wear sunglasses that will protect your eyes against damage from UV rays and visible light. Look for a label with UVB and UVA protection.
- Cover up. When the UV Index is 3 or higher, protect your skin as much as possible. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat made from breathable fabric.
- In times of extreme heat, drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
- Stay away from heat. Spend a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot.
To learn more about sun safety, including first aid tips for sunburn and heat illness, visit Canada.ca/sun-safety
Click here to download the poster on the use of sunscreens.