Shade is often the last thing we think about when we want to protect ourselves from the sun. We remember a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen and then go out into the sun.
When was the last time you:
- chose the most shaded seat at a sporting event? or
- thought about where your children can find shade in the school yard?
You might be surprised at how little shade there is available in your community. Shade makes a difference!
Seek Shade or Make Your Own Shade
- Seek shade or create your own shade when outside, especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Be prepared to make your own shade by taking along an umbrella.
- Trees and hedges can provide excellent shade. How much shade will depend on the density and the type of plant.
- Stand-alone structures, like a garden tent or a gazebo, are an easy and effective way to add shade to a garden area. Adding a retractable awning to a home or installing a porch roof are other ways to add shade. They can offer more permanent sun protection.
- Be aware that sunlight bouncing off reflective surfaces such as snow, pavement or water, can reach beneath an umbrella or a tree.
- UV rays can pass through scattered and light cloud cover, fog, haze and smog.
- So even when you are in the shade, make sure you wear sunscreen!!
(Canadian Cancer Society)