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Summer Sun Safety Month


Since August is national Summer Sun Safety Month it’s only appropriate that we discuss some of the damaging effects from the sun and what you can do to prevent them. Everyone knows that the sun produces UV radiation, which can be harmful in large doses. Too much UV radiation can result in skin cancer which is the most common type of cancer worldwide. In order to prevent these deadly skin cancers from forming it is important to take the necessary precautions anytime you step outside.

An obvious way to limit your UV exposure is to seek shade any time you go outdoors. Most people think to protect themselves any time they are going to be outside for a long period of time, but sun exposure definitely adds up. UV rays can reach the ground all year long, even on cloudy or misty days. Wearing protective clothing is another great step you can take to protect your skin. Tightly woven dark clothing is your best bet for provid02ing as much protection as possible. Sunscreen is very popular during the summer months but it is important to note that it is just a filter and it does not block all UV rays. Sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher is always recommended for the best level of protection.

Children need special attention during the hot summer months. They tend to spend more time outdoors, can burn more easily, and may not be aware of the dangers. It’s important to cover your children as fully as possible and use the above tips to make sure your child is staying protected. You should develop the habit of using sunscreen on exposed skin for yourself and your children whenever you go outdoors and may be exposed to large amounts of sunlight. Children need to be taught about the dangers of too much sun exposure as they become more independent. If you or your child burns easily, be extra careful to cover up, limit exposure, and apply sunscreen frequently. So have fun this summer, and make sure your staying protected!