Sun Awareness Week 2023 – Staying Safe in the Sun With Shading

Sun Awareness Week is back for another year – a dedicated event that takes place every May to raise awareness about skin cancer and the importance of sun safety. As we approach the summer months, it’s a timely reminder to prioritise our skin’s health and take measures to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Outdoor shading solutions such as awnings, external blinds and pergolas can provide much-needed shade on hot, sunny days while allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors.

Here are some reasons why outdoor shading solutions are crucial for sun safety:

Outdoor Living Pod with dining table.

Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod

Preventing skin damage

Without proper sun protection, prolonged sun exposure can cause skin damage and premature ageing, significantly increasing the risk of skin cancer as a result. It is therefore imperative that sun exposure be limited, and outdoor spaces used sensibly. Seeking shade does not mean being stuck indoors during the summer months – outdoor shading solutions work perfectly to create and enhance any outdoor living space while providing a barrier against UV rays and protecting your skin from damage.


A roof blind attached to an existing wooden pergola, covering a BBQ area.

Cayman External Roof Blind

Cooling down

Heatstroke is a very real concern and too much sun exposure can also lead to heatstroke and exhaustion on hot days. The installation of outdoor shading solutions can offer a cool and comfortable environment, preventing you from overheating and allowing you to stay cool and refreshed all day.

Patio awning on a house, covering a dining area.

Cuba Patio Awning

Enhancing outdoor living spaces

Outdoor shading products offer an abundance of benefits whilst socialising, entertaining and relaxing outdoors during the summer months. Ideal for family BBQs and gatherings, awnings provide instant shade and shelter from direct sunlight; both heat and glare (bright light) and offer outstanding UV protection (min 97.5% UV block). Not only this, but they also deliver a much-needed cooling effect to the indoor room adjacent to where they are positioned.

As a company, we have consistently been promoting the importance of sun shading and seeking shade during the Summer months. We support the message of Sun Awareness Week and hope that it works to prompt others as a reminder of the importance of sun safety as we approach the summer months, warmer weather and likely heatwaves.

We all want to enjoy the warmer weather and while doing so, it is crucial that we all do our part to ensure sun safety by making the necessary arrangements to stay shaded and protected.

Discover our comprehensive range of external shading systems that feature fabrics that filter a minimum of 97.5% UV radiation, enhancing your outside space, and providing a dedicated alfresco living area where you can relax, keep cool and most importantly stay protected.

Speak to one of our knowledgeable advisors today to get more information and start your outdoor living transformation – 0344 800 1947

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