Statistics show that only one out of four Simcoe County adults always use sunscreen and more than one out of three adult residents have had at least one sunburn in the past year.
People most at risk for skin cancer have had two or more blistering sunburns as a child or adolescent.
You need to protect yourself and those you care for!
Limit your time in the sun…between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s harmful rays are the hottest.
Cover up. Wear a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection and light-coloured loose- fitting clothes covering as much of the body as possible (e.g. long sleeved shirt and pants).
Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply 20 to 30 minutes before going outside and every 2 hours and after skin becomes wet from water or sweating. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under the age of 6 months.
Check the UV Index. Tune into your local radio or TV station or check online for the UV Index in your area. When the UV Index is moderate (3 or higher) take precaution by covering up, and wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Avoid using indoor tanning beds. Remember no tan is a safe tan!
Watch a Government of Canada video on how to be sun safe.