With summer in full swing many people are out enjoying the sunshine and great weather, but don’t forget to plan ahead and protect yourself from the damaging effects of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. July is UV Safety Month, and for good reason – the summer sees a lot of outdoor activities in the sun, and is also the time of year when UV rays are strongest. This can put you at higher risk for skin and eye damage, a weakened immune system and skin cancer.
Use these helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you protect yourself and your loved ones while out in the sun this summer:
- Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs.
- Consider options to protect your children.
- Wear a wide brim hat to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, for both UVA and UVB protection.
- Avoid indoor tanning. Indoor tanning is particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of developing melanoma.
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