Being sun safe

Skin cancer is on the rise. The good news is that skin cancer is preventable.

Be sun safe

Follow these simple steps:

Reduce sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Check the UV Index daily

Seek out or create shade for outdoor activities

Cover up with clothing

Think about it: If you raise your clothing up to light and light passes through, the sun’s rays will do the same and expose you to UV radiation.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat

Apply sunscreen

Protect your eyes

Prevent heat-related illness


National steering committee for consensus on content for sun safety messages. The recommended core content for sun safety messages in Canada (May 2018). Report on the 2014/15 National Consensus Process – Expanded report. Integration of documents previously reviewed by the National Steering Committee for Consensus on Content for Sun Safety Messages. Updated May 2018.

Canadian Dermatology Association (2020). Sun Safety for Every Day. Retrieved from on July 21, 2020.

Healthy Canadians – Government of Canada (2018). Sun Safety. Retrieved from on July 22, 2020.

Canadian Cancer Society (2020). What to wear to protect your skin from the sun. Retrieved from July 22, 2020.

This item was last modified on June 9, 2022