Summer Safety: UV Awareness and Protection
July is National UV Safety Month so what better way to continue our summer safety series than by sharing a few UV Safety Tips. During the summer months, we typically boost our exposure to the sun by spending increased time outside. Adequate exposure to Vitamin D is recommended by health professionals for our overall health. However, it is important to take safety measures to protect yourself against the sun’s powerful rays. Listed below are four ways you can prevent UV damage this summer.
1. Apply Sunscreen
Before heading outside apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Broadspectrum means it shields against UVA and UVB rays. The CDC recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. If you are outside for an extended period of time, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. You should also reapply after swimming or sweating.
2. Stay in the Shade
The sun gives off its strongest light from 10am to 3pm and peaks around noon each day. If you are outside during these hours opt for shade when possible. It is also important to take breaks from the sun to give your body time to rest and prevent overheating and exhaustion. See our blog post Summer Safety Tips to Keep You Safe with more on how to prevent overheating during the summer months.
3. Wear Protective Clothing
The more your skin is exposed to the harsh sun, the greater your chances become of damaging your skin. Wear long sleeves and pants when at all possible. You can opt for fabrics like linens and linen blend cotton that are lightweight. Dark-colored clothing can also offer more protection than lighter colors. Babies, young children, and people with fair complections are especially at risk for sunburns. You can help to prevent burns by opting for UV-protected swimsuits and clothing.
4. Don’t Forget Your Hats and Sunglasses
Hats and sunglasses offer our eyes and skin protection from the sun. Wide-brimmed hats can offer protection for our face, ears, and neck. Like hats, sunglasses safeguard us from UV rays. By limiting our eyes’ exposure to UV rays, sunglasses reduce our risk of cataracts. Hats and sunglasses best serve their purpose when worn in addition to sunscreen.
Contact an Arlington Attorney Today!
While the summer season is sure to be a fun one, remember to keep safety first. If you or a loved one has been injured this summer, contact the attorneys at Harris Cook.
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