Spending a warm summer’s day outside in the back yard, playing with my kids, or entertaining guests on my deck are a few of the things I cherish most in life. However, sun safety is extremely important to me and my family, as it would be to you and your family.

Keeping my kids properly protected is my top priority because otherwise, the consequences can be extremely dangerous. Ensuring that my kid’s wear sun-protective clothing and sunscreen help protect their skin, but perhaps not surprising, shade structures are unquestionably my preferred solution.

Here at Rainbow Shade, it’s always been my mission is to provide shade fabrics of the highest UV-R protection (up to 99%) to ensure my family and yours, are protected from the sun.

In this article, I will explain the importance of sun safety and sun protection, and how shade structures can be a great solution.

People often make the mistake of thinking that the worst thing that can happen to them when exposed to the sun is sunburn, however this is not the case. There are many side effects, such as wrinkles, dry skin, and spots, but the worst is skin cancer. When the skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV radiation), it leads to skin cell damage, and as an end result, skin cancer may occur. In most cases, skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun. There are several types of skin cancer and those are: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. In the past several decades, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma in Australia has increased by around 60%. Australia is one of the countries with the highest skin cancer rates in the world, and in most cases, the skin cancer is caused by exposure to sunlight and UV radiation. In 2012, in Australia, more than 2000 people died from skin cancer. It is extremely dangerous, and that is why it needs to be taken seriously.

There are many people who believe that a tan is a sign of wellbeing and good health. It is actually a sign that you have spent too much time exposed to the sunlight and UV radiation, which will damage your skin cells. When you are overexposed to the sun, you also get sunburnt, which is often extremely painful. Sunburn can occur even when the weather is cooler than usual, because the UV radiation is still very strong. Often, you can spend hours outdoors exposed to the sunlight without noticing any issues, even sunburn, but still, overexposure damages your skin and skin cells, which may cause skin cancer. As I mentioned, sun safety has to be taken seriously. The best way to prevent skin cancer is by proper protection.

When spending the day outside, things such as sunscreen and sun-protective clothing, are a must. Shade structures are also an excellent solution. These structures can be created from our shade fabrics to help with the prevention of skin cancer.

Here at Rainbow Shade, we have a wide range of high quality shade fabrics ideal for a range of shade structures such as shade sails over the pool, or as an outdoor shade solution for the entertainment area. If you own a pool, it should be shaded, especially if your kids are like mine and spend hours on end in the pool. The thing is, water reflects more than 80% of the sun’s damaging rays, and with the shade structures you and your kids will be properly protected.

Sun safety is especially important for our kids, because we have to do our best to properly protect them from damaging UV radiation and sunlight, and yet, provide them safe surroundings to spend time outdoors.

A shade structure can do more than just protect your kids, it can be used for just about anything; outdoor umbrellas are great for both residential homes and commercial establishments (especially hospitality businesses), awnings are ideal for residential homes and businesses, while custom shade structures are most commonly used for commercial car parks, council parks and playgrounds and schools and kindergartens.


A day spent outdoors in the sun is fun, but without proper protection, overexposure to the sunlight can lead to skin cancer. Shade structures are an outstanding solution, and one I trust for my own kid’s sun safety. With these structures, you can really enjoy being outdoors, knowing that you and your kids are protected. If you are a home or business owner looking for sun shades, or a shade industry professional, for smart sun safety, make sure your shade structure is made from one of Rainbow Shade’s shade fabrics.

Our products are available around the country, including the Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast where we have factories, so there is no excuse. Make your kids sun safety your top priority with top quality shade structures today.