If you’re an educator and looking for resources which address sun safety, here are some credible sources with information, activities, and lesson plans:
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If your school is interested in increasing their sun safety, they can work towards becoming SunSense certified. This certification acknowledges schools that have created a sun safe environment to protect their students and staff.
Indoor tanning (e.g., using tanning beds) is not healthy. Tanning beds emit UVA and UVB radiation, in much higher amounts than the sun. Tanning beds commonly use UVA radiation, which penetrates deeper into the skin, for a quick darkening of the skin’s colour.
To have fun outside, these sun safety guidelines can help keep you safe.
Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet radiation (UV) known to damage the skin and cause other health effects. The amount of solar UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, length of exposure, and the degree of sun protection an individual takes.
Sun safety refers to the measures a person can take to be safe while outdoors in the sun. Everyone can (and should) practice sun safety. This can include active precautions such as the use of sunscreen, or less direct measures such as seeking shade to stay out of the sun’s rays.
This report provides an overview of sun and heat safety in Windsor-Essex County using data from emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (this data captures illnesses resulting from the direct effects of heat and sunlight). This report also uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System to provide a summary of sun safety behaviours and community support for shade in outdoor public places.
The Ultraviolet Index (UV Index) is a measurement of the intensity of the sun’s rays. The higher the UV index, the more harm done by the sun to your skin, eyes, and immune system.
The best way to protect yourself from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation is to cover up, limit your exposure at key times, seek shade, and cover any unprotected areas of the skin with sunscreen.