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7 Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun

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Exposure to UV rays can harm the skin and eyes (eg. skin cancer, sunburns, eye lesions, cataracts, etc.)  and does not protect nor cure COVID-19. Protect children’s skin and eyes from the sun to decrease the risk of these preventable health risks.

Children’s Sun Exposure – Key Facts

  • Over half of Ontario children spend at least two hours in the sun.
  • Children are often outside when UV rays are the strongest.
  • Children’s skin is more at risk for sun damage.
  • Play areas often do not have enough shade.


Enjoy the Sun Safely: Protect skin and eyes

  • Time of Day: If you can, limit time in the sun when the UV Index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Shade: Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent, or pop-up shade shelter. Keep babies younger than one year of age out of direct sunlight.
  • Cover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the head, neck, and ears.
  • Sunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labeled ‘broad spectrum’ and ‘water-resistant’. Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating, or toweling). Use a sunscreen lip balm. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months of age; avoid the mouth and eye areas.
  • Sunglasses: Wear close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection. Children’s and babies’ sunglasses should be unbreakable.

Things to Avoid

  • Children should avoid getting a tan or sunburn.

Don’t expose children to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead.


The Community Early Years Partnership disseminates information about and promotes optimal infant and early childhood development to healthcare providers, community partners, parents and caregivers.


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