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Sun Safety Recommendations

Enjoy the sun safely. Protect your skin and eyes from the sun by following the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group's recommendations.

clockTime of Day: If you can, limit time in the sun when the UV (ultraviolet) Index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
umbrellaShade: Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter. Keep babies younger than 1 year of age out of direct sunlight.
hat and long sleeve shirtCover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the head, neck and ears.

bottle of 30 SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreenSunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled "broad spectrum" and "water resistant". Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating, or towelling). Use a sunscreen lip balm. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months of age; avoid the mouth and eye areas. Read more about sunscreen.

pair of sunglassesSunglasses: Wear close fitting/wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection. Children’s and babies’ sunglasses should be unbreakable.


Things to Avoid

  • Getting a tan or a sunburn.
  • Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead.