It’s officially National Sun Safety Week. The Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) started this week to raise awareness of the importance of sun safety practices. The alliance stresses the importance of this important health issue in America and they help educate the general public.
Summer is the best time to enjoy outdoor activities. Families can enjoy water fun with pools, rivers and boating. It is the best time to play sports, enjoy a picnic in the park or take a hike together. The SSA encourages you to still have fun outside but to stay safe by being aware of the side effects of too much sun.
When the weather is perfect and the sun is shining, it’s natural to want to be outside. Here are some facts and tips to help you know what to do to protect yourself and children from the sun.
- Sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear dark clothing.
- Have a wide-brimmed hat.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Concrete, sand, water and snow reflect 85% of the sun’s UV rays.
- Keep children (6 months and younger) out of the sun.
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 when outdoors.
- You can burn even on a cloudy day.
- Apply sunscreen after swimming and perspiring.
- Don’t forget sunscreen on your neck, ears, lips and scalp.
- Find shade whenever possible.
- Insect Repellants reduce sunscreen’s SP. When using both, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.
These tips will help protect you from the suns powerful UV rays that could result in an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
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Enjoy the summer and remember to protect yourself from the sun when outdoors!