As a heat wave continues across the region, the Durham Region Health Department says there are ways to protect you and your family from the sun’s harmful rays.
Public Health Nurse Cathie Snider says sunscreen is a good strategy for preventing sun damage, as well as seeking out the shade.
“Find shade whenever you can,” shared Snider. “If you are outside anytime between the hours 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is the strongest, try to find a shady spot, like under a tree, under arbours, maybe under a gazebo in a local park, a porch or maybe under an umbrella.”
She says it’s best to wear long sleeved loose, light coloured clothing and a wide brimmed hat.
When it comes to sunscreen, choose a broad spectrum, water resistant, sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply often.
“Anytime that you’re sweating or towelling off, or if you’re in the water, it’s good to reapply every hour at least, or even more often if any of those apply,” said Snider.
Durham Health says you can use the same sunscreen for the entire family, keeping in mind, babies under six months should not wear any and should be kept out of the sun.
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