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Stay cool and sun safe this long weekend

meadow with sunshine

This long weekend, be sure to stay safe while having fun in the sun. No matter what your plans are, make sun safety a priority. 

Did you know?

Exposure to UVR can increase your risk of premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, eye damage and skin cancer.

Protect yourself

It’s easy to protect yourself from harmful UVR. Follow these simple steps MORE:

  • Limit your time in the sun when the UV index is three or higher, which is usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter
  • Cover up! Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing; wear hats that protect your head, neck and ears.
  • Apply plenty of sunscreen throughout the day with an SPF of 30 or more (ensure it is labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant”) and wear a sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips. Sunscreen can be used on babies over six months of age.
  • Wear close-fitting or wrap-around sun glasses with UV 400 or 100 per cent UV protection
  • Do not use indoor tanning beds, ever. Tanning equipment emits high intensity UVR and is harmful.
  • Check your skin regularly and be familiar with your body so you can recognize potential changes. See your health care provider when necessary.

Skin Cancer 101

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. The three main types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The rate of skin cancer in Canada is increasing, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer.

Bonus tip!

Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day, regardless of your activity levels. Drinking water is essential for good health. Did you know the average adult requires two to three litres of water each day?

York Region’s water is safe to drink. All water distributed to our residents by the nine cities, towns and townships in the Region must meet high regulatory quality standards as legislated by the Province of Ontario.

To find out more about York Region’s safe drinking water, visit

Check out these Sun Safety Resources to find out more ways to stay safe while enjoying the beautiful weather York Region has to offer.

Remember to tag #loveyr when you post pictures of your long weekend adventures on social media!

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