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Take Care... Take CoverSun Safety Tips

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature (CDC, 2014).

You can lower your risk of overexposure to UV radiation and still have fun outdoors by using the following sun safety tips:

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  • Check the daily UV index before going outdoors and take precautions when the UV index is 3 or higher. The UV index indicates how strong the sun is and what precautions to take. Check out today’s UV index.
  • If possible, plan outdoor activities before 11 am and/or after 4 pm to avoid the sun’s strongest rays.
  • Find shade or create your own.
  • children at beach playing under umbrella
  • Cover up by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. If you are an outdoor worker attach a back flap to a hard hat construction helmet to cover the back of the neck.
  • Wear sunglasses or goggles with 100% UV ray protection.
  • Apply a broad spectrum, waterproof sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours and after getting wet or sweating.
  • Keep babies less than 1 year of age out of direct sunlight. Sunscreen should not be used on babies under 6 months of age.
  • Avoid sunbathing or the use of tanning beds.