Sun Safety

Why is this important?

Outdoor activity, including time spent in the sunshine, is important for children’s physical fitness and lifelong health. Although sun exposure plays a vital role in ensuring adequate vitamin D production, protecting children from overexposure to the sun is essential for avoiding damage to the skin and future skin cancer risk.

What actions can we take?

  • Check the UV index daily ​​and schedule children’s activities accordingly.
    • When the UV index is 3 or higher, it’s important to protect skin as much as possible.
  • Cover up or stay out of the sun, especially during peak hours. This is preferable to relying on sunscreen alone for protection.
  • Seek shade (or stay indoors, if necessary), ensure children have adequate hydration and protective clothing, and watch for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Apply sunscreen  with at least SPF 30 on children at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and  before insect repellent, if both are being used.
  • Encourage parents/caregivers to provide children with a wide-brimmed sun hat and light, loose clothing made from a breathable fabric.