Seeking respite from the sun is part of the human condition. Shade is a practical form of sun protection that has helped humans thrive throughout our history and when coupled with SunSmart initiatives, form a strong foundation of outdoor enjoyment. There’s no need to fear the sun, just respect it.
Institutions such as the Cancer Council of Australia actively promote sun safety and being sun smart. The 5 core steps of being SunSmart are well known:
- Slip-on covering clothing
- Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
Each of these SunSmart pillars is essential to look after your friends and family. We are in the business of shade and we’re passionate about sun protection.
What is the best shade for my home?
UV Radiation (UVR) exposure is the root cause of harmful effects on humans and is what we’re aiming to prevent. Well-designed and positioned shade can reduce UVR exposure from the sun and is a great preventative measure to help reduce the risk. We suggest installing a shade system over your outdoor area to make sure you can enjoy the great Australian outdoors without undue risk.
You should choose an outdoor shade product with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor above 35. At this level, the product can provide all-day protection from UVR.
Quality outdoor shade products such as our umbrella range feature canvas coverings.
When do we need to seek shade?
Sun protection is advised at all times throughout the year (not just summer) when the UV index sits above 3. In Australia, this can be all year round with only Hobart and Melbourne sitting below 3 in winter.
We’ve known for a while now that you can still get sunburn when it’s cloudy so make sure you’re looking to shade for your family gatherings to ensure everyone is looked after. The best shade provides protection from direct sunlight with excellent coverage from above and the side to account for UVR reflection from surfaces. It’s also important to factor in the suns position throughout the day.
Our Shade Recommendations for Australian Summer
The best thing for outdoor enjoyment is a shade solution that you can be sure will protect your friends and family from damage.
- High UPF rating on shade fabric or canvas
- Movable to allow for all-day shade
- Remember the other 4 pillars, you need them all to stay safe
Most of all, have a great time bringing your friends and family together and enjoy all that the Australian summer has to offer you. Don’t forget to have a quintessential BBQ with your loved ones and relish the company they provide.