Summer sun safety
Story adapted from HealthLink BC by Patti-Lea Ryan
Edited by Nila Gopaul
It is fun to sit or play in the sun.
But, too much sun can be harmful.
We can get sunburned on cloudy days, too.
Too much heat can lead to health problems.
People can get stroke, heat exhaustion,
skin cancer, or eye disease.
Protect your children and yourself in the sun
There are easy ways
to protect your children and yourself.
Try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This time is when the sun is the hottest.
When you are outside, sit under trees.
Children need shady areas to play.
If you cannot keep out of the sun,
use “sun smart” clothing and sunscreen.
Sun smart clothing
Cover up with clothes
that you cannot see through.
Long sleeved shirts and pants protect skin.
Wide brim hats are very good protection.
Try to get one that covers your neck.
Most baseball caps do not cover necks.
Buy a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
Use a lip balm of SPF 30 too.
Apply every 2 of hours.
Swimmers should use a waterproof sunscreen.
Make sure that sunscreen is applied shoulders,
backs, arms and legs.
Apply it to the face, nose and ears.
Be careful near the eyes. Sunscreen can sting.
Under the edges of bathing suits is a good idea.
Do not forget the tops
of feet and the backs of knees.
Eyes need protection too
Look for sunglasses that provide
99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
Try them on to see
how well they cover your eyes.
Large lenses help protect against sun rays.
1. Heat exhaustion: the body is over heated causing sickness
2. SPF: Sun Protection Factor
3. UVA: (say – ul-tra-vi-yo-let); Ultra Violet A are harmful Ultra Violet rays.
4. UVB: Ultra Violet B (not as strong as UVA)
Wishing you a safe and happy summer!