Teresa's Weekly Feature
Precautions to take in Summer Months
Summer is here and we
are going to enjoy many days of sunshine. This is also the
time of year when the sun’s rays contain the most ultraviolet
(UV) light. UV light is very dangerous to our health.
are three types of UV light – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA makes our
skin tan, wrinkle and form age spots or freckles, UVB
causes skin cancer and cataracts. UVC never
reaches the earth’s surface.
weather report in the summer has a daily UV Index which lets
us know how long we can stay out in the sun before getting
The UV Index
UV Index Category
Over 9 Extreme
less than 15 minutes
about 20 minutes
about 30 minutes
more than one hour
—Source: Environment Canada
How to protect your skin from UV skin
Canada has a list of recommendations on how to protect our
skin against UVA and UVB and prevent skin cancer .
Preventing Skin Cancer
How to protect your eyes from UV damage.
Besides our skin, our eyes
also have to be protected with a proper pair of sunglasses. To
learn more about sunglasses visit
Guide for parents
parents, Health Canada has some guidelines on how to choose
the right sunscreen and use it properly. There's also a list
of suggestions on how to protect children from the hot summer
The Right Sunscreen
good and safe summer.
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