Recommendations for protection when the day’s predicted UV index is at various values are:
|UV Index||Description||Media Graphic Color||Recommended Protection|
|0–2||No danger to the average person||Green||No Protection Required
Wear sunglasses on bright days; use sunscreen if there is snow on the ground, which reflects UV radiation, or if you have particularly fair skin.
|3–5||Little risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Yellow||Protection Required
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with clothing and a hat, and seek shade around midday when the sun is most intense.
|6–7||High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Orange||Protection Required
Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen having SPF 15 or higher, cover the body with sun protective clothing and a wide-brim hat, and reduce time in the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon (roughly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during summer in zones that observe daylight saving time).
|8–10||Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Red||Protection Required
Wear sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses, and a hat. Do not stay out in the sun for too long.
|11+||Extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Violet||Protection Required
Take all precautions, including: wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with a long-sleeve shirt and trousers, wear a very broad hat, and avoid the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon.
Below are important UV information links, and sun protection messages. Please take the time to read the information provided as it will surely guide you in your efforts to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s UV radiation.
- What is solar UV radiation?
- What is the UV index?
- UV safety action steps in English - French - German - Spanish
- Health effects of UV radiation exposure
- Sun protection messages
- Sun protection messages for children as a special risk group
Australian and World leader in UV Radiation and UPF50+ authority
USA Environmental Protection Agency
- UV Index forecast map (USA)
- Health effects of Overexposure to the Sun
- UV Index Resources
- UV Index and Alerts forecasts subscription (email subscription)
- Sun Safety Action Steps
World Health Organization
- UV radiation
- UV health effects
- Sun Protection
- UV and Health publications
We encourage you to view the following
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