Protect yourself and your family by being sun smart year-round. Choosing to wear sunglasses and sunscreen and avoiding the sun at its peak are just a few easy ways you can stay safe.
This section offers information on the harmful effects of overexposure to UV rays and tips on how to avoid sun damage. Learn the basics of sun safety, how to keep cool during heat waves, how to choose sunglasses and sunscreen, and how to keep your kids safe in the sun.
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Many places in Canada have a high number of extreme heat events, often called “heat waves.” Extreme heat can put your health at risk, causing illnesses like heat stroke and even death.
Health effects of ultraviolet radiation
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has some benefits. But as with all forms of radiation, there are risks involved with overexposure to UV radiation (rays).
Sun safety tips for parents
Too much sun can be harmful. Babies and young children have sensitive skin that can be damaged easily by ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UV rays). This page offers information and tips to help you keep your children safe.
It is important to protect your eyes against damage from the sun. For most people, a low-cost pair of sunglasses with UVB and UVA protection will do the job.
Tanning beds and lamps
If you think going to a tanning salon is a safe way to tan, think again. There is no safe way to tan.
The ultraviolet index and your local forecast
The ultraviolet (UV) index is a useful tool when it comes to sun protection. It was developed by Environment Canada to inform Canadians about the strength of the sun's ultraviolet radiation.
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