Staying safe in the sun

Summer has arrived in Nova Scotia! With the summer comes sunshine, heat and a high UV index. The UV index is the measurement of ultraviolet (UV) radiation which can lead to sunburns. Below are a few tips to help you and your families enjoy the sun safely.

When the UV index is 3 or higher, protect your skin as much as possible. You can do this by:

  • seeking shade or bringing your own (eg: setting up a beach umbrella) 
  • wearing clothing and a hat that covers as much skin as possible, as appropriate to the activity
  • applying broad spectrum, water resistant sun screen with an SPF of at least 30 on skin not covered by clothing. Make sure you apply sunscreen generously and reapply as needed
  • refraining from using tanning equipment or deliberately trying to get a sun tan

It is also important to protect your eyes. Don’t forget to:

  • wear sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses 
  • wear a wide-brimmed hat for added eye protection