We wanted to gain insight into the common sun safety practices used by pedestrians in our area, and better understand our potential customers’ attitudes towards sun safety. To achieve these two goals, we conducted a sun safety survey in public open spaces in Toronto. Over the course of July, we collected a total of 263 survey responses.
For the first 205 participants, we gathered information about gender, skin type, occupation, and which type(s) of sun protection the participants were using on the day of the survey. We then added more questions pertaining to sun protective behaviour which were asked of the last 58 participants (i.e., do you reapply sunscreen every 2 hours? Have you ever been sunburned? Did you apply sunscreen on the day that you got sunburned?). Altogether, we found that 69% of all participants were using some form of sun protection on the day of the survey. We also found that 11% of all participants had sun-sensitive skin (Fitzpatrick skin type I or II), and 73% of these individuals were using some form of sun protection, with 60% of them using sunscreen.Sun Index can help by outlining the recommended sun protection methods based on current weather conditions and skin type.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Sun-Protective Behaviour Rates. Retrieved August 17, 2016