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Sun Safety


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 3 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!!

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