Sun safety


Despite a few dreary days this month, there’s no doubt the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining longer as we move into summer.

Whether you work outside regularly, or just enjoy basking in the sun as you cross campus for a meeting, keep these sun safety tips from the Canadian Cancer Society in mind when you’re out and about this summer.

A more detailed description of these tips is available on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

  • Check the UV Index – use caution when the UV index reaches 3 or above.
  • Seek Shade – use natural shade-makers, like trees, or make your own with an umbrella.
  • Cover up – clothes provide better protection that sunscreen, so cover up as much as you can. Look for clothing labelled as UV-protected, and wear a wide brimmed hat.
  • Wear Sunglasses – sunglasses block UV rays and prevent damage to your eyes. Look for close-fitting, wraparound style glasses with UVA and UVB protection.
  • Apply sunscreen properly – use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (offers UVA and UVB protection) with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen liberally, and don’t forget ears, nose, neck and bald spots. Use sunscreen in combination with other protection, like sunglasses and long sleeves.
  • Steer clear of tanning beds - there’s no safe way to get a tan. Tanned skin is damaged skin. Don’t use indoor tanning beds or sun lamps.
  • Know the signs of skin cancer – check your skin regularly. The Canadian Cancer Society provides details on how to thoroughly check your own skin. 

Remember to use these sun safety practices everywhere you go, and get your family involved too. This cute video featuring the Minions is a great way to teach kids simple things they can do to stay sun safe.