From our Public Health Nurse:
EVERYTHING YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT SUN SAFETY – BUT MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!
Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR)
There are two types of UV Rays important in sun safety. Over exposure to these rays can harm the skin:
A Rays – Aging (wrinkles) and B Rays – SunBurns.
Protection is needed especially when the UV Index is 3 or higher – even on cloudy days
The UV Index is reported every day it is 3 or higher – on the radio weather reports, in the newspaper and on weather channels.
Sun Safety Sun Protection Tips:
-should have complete UV protection for both A and B UV rays. Cost does not guarantee protection.
Sun glasses should be worn by everyone – children and adults
2. SUNSCREEN – and LIP BALM
·Check the Expiration Date!!!
·Sun Protection Factor 30
-Broad Spectrum – both UV A & B Rays
·Apply 20 minutes before going out, reapply every 2 hours, or more often if swimming, or sweating
3. HAT with a broad brim
-cover ears and back of neck
·Whenever possible – especially when the sun is at its highest and UV rays are the strongest
·Clothing – long sleeves, knee length shorts or longer
5. DRINK WATER!!!
-Make sure children and adults drink plenty of water to keep well hydrated and prevent heat stroke
For more information please contact Oxford County Public Health www.oxfordcounty.ca/health and the Canadian Dermatology Association www.dermatology.ca.