Summer fun in the sun!
Summer is a fun time that can be packed with activities but it is also a time to be wary of long-lasting health impacts, so before you head for the beach, the park or even the back-yard, Health Canada recommends you take a few minutes to learn about sun safety. You can protect your family and still have fun.
- If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Look for shade or stay under a tree.
- Protect your eyes by wearing UV blocking sunglasses.
- Clothing such as a broad brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants can protect your skin. Tuck a handkerchief under the back of your hat to help prevent sunburn on the neck.
- Some medication can make skin more sensitive to UV rays; consult your doctor if you have any questions.
- Protect your health by using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
- Get children used to wearing sunscreen lotion and don’t let them play or sleep in the sun while in a stroller or play pen.
- Use the recommended amount of sunscreen and respect the waiting period between application and exposure to the sun.
- If you are sweating heavily or swimming, reapply sunscreen often to get the best protection.
- Remember that you can combine sunscreen and insect repellents. Apply the sunscreen first, followed by the insect repellent.
- Drink plenty of fluids and have cottage drinking water tested by a Provincial or private laboratory if it is not municipally tested.
So get out there and enjoy the summer sun safely!
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT
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