Sun Safety for Kids

Too much heat and sun can be harmful so be careful! Use these six tips to protect against UV rays and to teach your kids to play safely in the sun.

1. Cover up
Wear protective clothing - shirts, hats, shorts and pants hide your skin from the sun's rays. Don't forget to cover up your ears.

2. Get shady
Hang under a tree. If you can't find a shady area, make your own. Bring a sun umbrella or canopy for outdoor trips. Use a small rain umbrella when walking. Always keep infants in the shade.

3. Avoid peak hours
Plan your outings before 11:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. when the sun is least likely to burn.

4. Protect your eyes
Look for sunglasses with 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA ray filters to help protect your eyes from harmful radiation that can cause cataracts.

5. Wear sunscrean
Make sure your sunscreen provides wide range protection, including both U.V.A. and U.V.B. Pick a product based on your own skin and time planned in the sun. Stick to S.P.F. 15-50+ and reapply often, especially if swimming.

6. Stay informed
During a heat wave, everyone is at risk especially children and the elderly. In Ontario during the summer months, there is the added threat of poor air quality. On days when the temperature reaches 30 degrees or more, it's best to stay indoors in an air-conditionned environment.

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