Summer is here, but remember to protect yourself against sun exposure

Summer is here, but remember to protect yourself against sun exposure.

Summer has arrived—which means that families are planning vacations, hosting barbeque parties, and spending quality time in the outdoors.

Before you head out on your next adventure, we would like to remind you about the dangers of sun exposure. While you might not realize it, being out in the sun without proper protection can cause sunburns and contribute to other skin-related illnesses—melanoma being the most serious type. Follow these safety tips to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays this summer:

  • Seek Shade: Don’t stay out in direct sunlight for too long. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That’s the time to stay in the shade.
  • Put on a Hat: A hat with a wide brim all around is a good choice. So is a shade cap—a billed cap with fabric down the sides and back. Baseball caps and straw hats offer less protection.
  • Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays. Wraparound styles work best. Choose ones that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear Protective Clothes: Cover as much of your skin as possible. Dark colors and tightly woven fabrics offer the most protection.
  • Use Lip Balm: Protect your lips by wearing lip balm that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Some experts recommend an SPF of 30.
  • Use Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply generously to all exposed skin before you go outside. Reapply at least every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Take Extra Care near Water, Snow and Sand: All of these surfaces reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays, increasing your chances of sunburn.
  • Stay Hydrated: Remember to drinks lots of water to keep your body hydrated and prevent heat stroke.