Be sun-safe and remember to protect yourself from the heat
- Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, early and often, at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to going out. Minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) should be 30. Use it liberally and make sure to reapply often throughout the day, especially following swimming or heavy perspiration.
- Seek shade and keep skin covered as much as possible when spending time in the sun. The sun can burn and damage skin even on a cloudy day.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Wear sunglasses, especially when driving or cycling. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) can cause cataracts and other eye diseases.
Children are more vulnerable to sun damage and heatstroke. Some tips:
- Avoid exposing children to the sun during peak hours.
- Ensure their skin is protected with wide brim hats and loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers legs and arms.
- Alternatively, ensure children are in shaded areas, and apply a small amount of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on exposed areas.
For infants under six months old, consider using clothing that has a UV rating. Sunscreen can be used on infants under six months old, although it may cause irritation if rubbed into the eyes. It may be preferable to avoid the sun and use shade and clothing for protection. Check with your family doctor if you have any concerns.
Remember the 5S's of Sun Protection
Slip on a t-shirt.
Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA sunscreen.
Slap on a broad-brimmed hat.
Seek out shade.
Slide on quality sunglasses.