Stay Safe in the Sun

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It only takes one bad sunburn in childhood to increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Follow these sun safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and SPF 15 lip balm.
  • Apply the sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside (even on cloudy days) and always follow the label instructions. Make sure to apply it to any exposed areas of skin – nose, ears, back of neck, tops of feet, etc. Reapply every 2-3 hours and after sweating.
  • Wear loose, long sleeved shirts and pants, a large-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Harmful sun rays are most intense at this time.
  • When you’re outside look for shade, stay under a tree, or use an umbrella.

For more sun safety tips, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a public health nurse.