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Staying Safe in the Alberta Summer Sun

Prolonged exposure can cause severe burns and life-threatening complications like heat stroke.  Follow the tips below to avoid being burned by the Alberta summer sun.

  • The sun’s intensity is at its greatest in Alberta from 11am to 4pm. Seek out shade whenever and wherever possible to avoid direct prolonged exposure.
  • Wear loose-fitting long sleeved shirts and pants instead of shorts, with a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from the sun.  Woven materials provide the best sun barrier.
  • Alberta Health Services recommends applying sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow the protective ingredients to soak in.   Reapply sunscreen as directed – usually every two hours, and after swimming or heavy sweating.
  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Alberta with the lower lip being the most common spot of origin; so, don’t forget to apply lip balm with SPF.
  • Alberta Health Services DOES NOT recommend sunscreen for infants that are less than 6 months old. Always keep infants in the shade to protect their delicate skin.
  • The sun emits UV rays, and certain prescriptions such as tetracycline can make your skin even more sensitive to those rays.  Always check your medication inserts prior to sun exposure.
  • Don’t forget your eyes!  Wear sunglasses with UV filters to protect your eyes and the delicate skin surrounding them from ultraviolet damage.
  • Always be sure to check your skin regularly and visit a doctor if you experience moles that grow quickly, bleed, or cause irritation to your skin.

References:

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca

http://www.portageonline.com

http://www.almanac.com/uv-index-chart

Staying Safe in the Alberta Summer Sun

The summer sun in Alberta can be surprisingly intense. Skin can burn within 15 minutes of exposure when the UV index is high, which it often is during peak hours of the day.