Summer brings longer days and warmer weather but it also brings risks that come from getting too much sun.  Be sure to practice the following sun safety tips:

  1. Put lotion in motion – Protect against UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Apply sunscreen correctly – Apply it 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
  3. Environmental awareness – Since the sun’s rays can reflect off certain surfaces be extra careful around water, sand and cement.
  4. Timing is everything – Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is at its highest and its rays are at its strongest.
  5. Know your UV numbers – Check the UV index before heading outside and be extra careful when it is high.
  6. Cover up – Wear sunglasses to block UV rays, protective clothing when you’re outside and a hat, preferably with a wide brim, to shade your face.
  7. Watch yourself – Early detection is key. Any spots on the skin that are new or changing in size, shape, or color should be seen by a doctor promptly.

Be sun safe this summer!

July 2016 – National Health Observances