Creating effective shade
SunSmart's guide for assessing shade needs and creating effective shade
Too much UV can cause sunburn, tanning, skin and eye damage, and skin cancer.
Shade can reduce UV exposure by over 90%, but this only occurs when exposure to the sky is eliminated. Typical shade, such as a tree or umbrella, reduces UV exposure by up to 75%. This means that 25% or more of UV still reaches you, from reflection off the sky or surrounding surfaces. As a rule of thumb, if you can see the sky, you are less than fully protected.
For the most effective UV protection, combine shade with protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen.
Currently, many outdoor facilities and venues in Victoria have inadequate or ineffective shade. It is important to advocate for the creation of effective shade at these venues to:
This resource provides a step-by-step guide to developing high-quality, UV-protective shade in Victoria.
SunSmart (Cancer Council Victoria) recommends outdoor spaces include:
The ideal shade scenario may not be achievable right away. However, the steps in this guide will help you: