Sun safety is important even in the winter, and the health unit is raising awareness. Public Health Nurse Karen Taylor says people may think applying sunscreen only applies in the summer, but that isn’t true.

Taylor says if you’re going to be outside in the snow, use a sunblock that has a SPF of 30 or higher. She says when UV rays are reflected off of the snow, they’re almost twice as strong, which means you could burn twice as fast in the winter than in the summer.

The health unit also says to avoid tanning beds, and wear proper sun protection if traveling south over the winter.