Canadian Sun Safety Guidelines
  • Check UV Index daily. When the UV Index reaches 3 or more, you need to be extra careful to protect your skin. In general, the UV Index in Canada can be 3 or more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between April and September, even when it’s cloudy.

  • Seek shade or bring your own.

  • Cover up as much of your skin as you can with tightly woven or UV-protective labelled clothing. Clothes provide better protection than sunscreen.

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck.

  • Wear close fitting sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection in a wraparound style. The label might have UV 400 or 100% UV protection on it.

  • Apply broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 properly. Use a lip balm with SPF and reapply when needed.


  • Don’t use indoor tanningTanning beds and sun lamps release UV rays that can damage skin, cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer.

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