Keep en­joy­ing the sun safely

The Goderich Signal-Star - - News -

Huron County, ON – As we head into the sec­ond half of our sum­mer, the Huron County Health Unit re­minds res­i­dents to keep en­joy­ing the sun safely.

“Sun safety is im­por­tant all year round,” says Sarah Gill, Pub­lic Health Pro­moter. “Ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion, or UV rays, from the sun can cause sun­burns, skin can­cer and eye dam­age.”

Chil­dren are most at risk be­cause they tend to spend more time out­doors when the sun’s rays are strong­est. Here’s how you can pro­tect your­self and your fam­ily as the sum­mer con­tin­ues:

* Time of Day: Limit time in the sun when the UV in­dex is higher, usu­ally be­tween 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. * Shade: Seek shade or make your own – bring an um­brella.

* Cover Up: Wear light­weight cloth­ing that cov­ers as much skin as pos­si­ble. Wear a wide­brimmed hat to pro­tect your head and face. * Sun­screen: Choose an ap­proved broad-spec­trum sun­screen. Ap­ply plenty of sun­screen with SPF 30 or more. Check ex­piry dates to make sure you are fully pro­tected. Reap­ply of­ten, es­pe­cially af­ter swim­ming or sweat­ing. Use a sun­screen lip balm, too.

* Sun­glasses: Wear close-fit­ting or wrap­around sun­glasses with UV 400 or 100% UV pro­tec­tion.

Do not use sun­screen on ba­bies less than six months old. Pro­tect them by keep­ing them out of di­rect sun­light.

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