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Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Staying safe in the sun reduces your risk of sunburn, skin cancer, and cataracts. See some tips from the Center for Disease Control on how to stay safe in the sun.

Stay Sun-Safe Outdoors

1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm, March through October, and 9 am to 3 pm, November through February. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun.

2. Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays, like snow, sand, water, and concrete.

3. Wear sun protection gear like a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.

4.Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. Wrap-around sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection by blocking UV rays from the side.

5.Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt for additional protection when possible. If that’s not practical, try wearing a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.

6.Apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher at least 15 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy or overcast days. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.