COLUMN: Lyle Karasiuk — June 5, 2014

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In case you didn’t notice the grass is green, the flowers are blooming and yes, Virginia it must be summer!

With this season comes a whole lot of activity that everyone is bound to enjoy outdoors. While outdoors we are reminded of the following from the Canadian Cancer Society. We thank them for this sun safety information as it is National Sun Awareness Week until June 8.

Overexposure to UV radiation, either from the sun’s rays or from tanning beds, is linked to skin cancer. To reduce your chances of skin cancer add some simple steps to your daily routine.

• Protect yourself outdoors when the UV Index is 3 or higher.

• Cover up. Wear loose-fitting clothes, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

• Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher (SPF 30 or higher if you will be outside for most of the day or if you work outdoors).

• Stay in the shade.

• Know the UV Index.


Sun Safety Reminders

Here are a few things to keep in mind about sun safety.

• Sun safety doesn’t mean hiding yourself from the sun; it means getting out and being active while protecting your skin. Good sun safety can reduce your risk for skin cancer but also help keep your skin looking younger and prevent early onset of wrinkles.

• Make sure to cover up if you work outside. Workers can be exposed to high levels of UV radiation so it very important to take care. Start by checking the UV index before you head to work.

• Take caution on cloudy days. Up to 80 per cent of the sun’s rays can still make it through on cloudy days.


Sunscreen Application

An important tool in the fight against skin cancer is sunscreen, here a few things to keep in mind.

• Make sure to apply about 30 minutes before you head out for your activity.

• Reapply every two hours. Reapply sooner after you get wet.

• Make sure to give a good liberal application. Often many fail to apply an appropriate amount of coverage. It is recommended you use the equivalent of a shot glass full of sun screen.

• Cover often missed places. People often miss key regions of the body when applying and leave themselves exposed to damage in these areas. In particular make sure to get coverage behind the ears and on the neck.

• Don’t rely solely on sunscreen. Make sure to use it tandem with other sun safety measures. Doing so will help further reduce your risk for skin damage.


So while you are outside enjoying all that sun come and visit the Parkland Ambulance Paramedics at any of the following:

• Pine Needle Classic Family day in the Little Red Park, Sunday, June 8, where paramedics will have a bike rodeo

• Downtown Street Fair, Saturday, June 14 where paramedics will be offering tours, safety display and providing medical assistance

• Summit Run, Saturday, June 14 where paramedics will be providing medical assistance to race participants

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Summer in the city can be fun but travelling is often what a lot of people will be doing. Please take the time to visit for the upcoming new traffic safety changes. One big change is the mandatory use of booster seats for all children under the age of 7, under 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches), under 36kg (80 lbs). These new rules ensure your child is safe and secure. Call us at 306-953-8358 to book a car seat safety check appointment. Travel safe this summer!

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: Virginia, Little Red Park

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