I seriously think that every water park, splash pad or waterfront gathering area should have this. Toronto, Ontario has officially rolled out their free sunscreen dispensers at different water areas across the city.
There were over 80,000 cases of skin cancer diagnosed last year, and this is Toronto's attempt at lowering those numbers. Sun burn is a huge contribution to this awful illness, and we all know that sun burn can be prevented.
This pilot project is an attempt to help those of us who wind up in a park or at the lake without any sunscreen, and a huge help it will be.
The first locations to take part in this pilot project are:
- Little Norway Park, Toronto
- HTO Park, Toronto
- Harbour Square Park, Toronto
- Sherbourne Common, Toronto
- Kew Gardens Park, Toronto
Hopefully these free dispensers will make their way across the country soon, but in the meantime here are some Sun Safe practices that you can take part in:
- Wear Sunscreen - you want SPF 30 minimum, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB PABA free, paraben free and even mineral-based.
- Apply sunscreen every two hours.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating.
- No sun screen is 100% protection.
- Use other measures like seeking the shade, wearing protective clothing like hats and sunglasses.
- Stay inside (or in the shade) if the UV index is 3 or more.