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What is sun safety?

Sun safety refers to the measures a person can take to be safe while outdoors in the sun. Everyone can (and should) practice sun safety. This can include active precautions such as the use of sunscreen, or less direct measures such as seeking shade to stay out of the sun’s rays.

Sun and Heat Safety in Windsor-Essex County

This report provides an overview of sun and heat safety in Windsor-Essex County using data from emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (this data captures illnesses resulting from the direct effects of heat and sunlight). This report also uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System to provide a summary of sun safety behaviours and community support for shade in outdoor public places.

UV Index

The Ultraviolet Index (UV Index) is a measurement of the intensity of the sun’s rays. The higher the UV index, the more harm done by the sun to your skin, eyes, and immune system.

Sunscreen

The best way to protect yourself from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation is to cover up, limit your exposure at key times, seek shade, and cover any unprotected areas of the skin with sunscreen.