Enjoy the Sun Safely

July 22nd, 2015

Sunny days brighten up the summer. Nonetheless, it is advised to take safety precautions before going out under the sun.

Protect yourself!

  • Protect your skin if you will be exposed to sunlight for more than 15 minutes, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Remain in the shade as much as possible. Use a parasol when necessary.
  • Wear suitable clothing: baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a light, short-sleeved shirt. Make sure that the fabric in your clothes protects you from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Pale colours retain less heat.
  • Select a model of sunglasses which protects you from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses are essential. Use a pair whose shape follows your face, protecting you from UV rays from both above and along the sides of your face.
  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater30 minutes before going outdoors. Use a sunscreen that is approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association (the information is indicated on the package). Remember to protect your body's most vulnerable parts: nape, ears, neck, face, hands, feet and behind knees.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming or intense physical exercise.
  • Hydrate yourself and your children regularly (every 30 minutes).

Remember your children! 

For babies under 6 months

  • Do not apply sunscreen to a baby that is 6 months old or younger. Baby skin is extremely sensitive and applying sunscreen may provoke an allergic reaction.

To protect your baby:

  • Keep him in the shade and make sure there is good air circulation around him.
  • Cover his body with clothes that protect his arms and legs.
  • Put a hat on his head.
  • Avoid exposure when the sun is at its peak (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

Babies and children older than 6 months

  • Follow the same basic procedures (clothes, hat, shade).
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your child goes outside, even in cloudy weather.
  • Apply suntan every 2 hours if swimming is a part of your child's regular activities.

 Avoid

  • Tanning oil: the fat of monoi oil increases the risks associated with sun exposure. They improve your tan, but also enable UVA and UVB rays to penetrate the skin more deeply.
  • Sunglasses that do not protect the eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you protect your eyes from the sun's rays. 

For further information:

Portail Santé mieux-être: Protection from the sun and UV rays

http://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/conseils-et-prevention/se-proteger-du-soleil-et-des-rayons-uv/

Information on the effects of oppressive and extreme heat 

http://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/problemes-de-sante/effets-de-la-chaleur-accablante-et-extreme-sur-la-sante/


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