Safety First: Protection From the Summer Sun

Whether you’re working on an outdoor project or just hanging out in your backyard; on vacation with the family or mowing the lawn; thinking about protecting yourself from the sun’s rays could save you from several unwanted health issues in the future.

Here are a few tips to remember while out and about this summer…

Wear Sunscreen & Re-Apply – Choose a sunscreen that has a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 or more that also provides protection from BOTH UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet) rays. It is important that you re-apply your sunscreen frequently especially if you are outdoors for extended periods of time or have gone in out of water. Don’t forget your lips and ears!

Seek Shade – Enjoy the outdoors in the shade avoiding direct sunlight. Bringing an umbrella and/or wide-brimmed hat will allow you to enjoy shade wherever you are.

Be Mindful of Reflections – Water, snow, cement, sand and other reflective surfaces can double your exposure to ultraviolet light. Avoid sun damage through windows, especially when driving.

Wear Sunglasses – Choose a pair that have both UVA and UVB ray protection. Larger lenses can also help to keep out more sun.

Avoid Dehydration – Drink water continuously throughout the day. The best way to figure out how much water you need everyday is this: Take your weight in pounds and divide that number in half. The number you get is how much water in ounces your body needs everyday. Of course, your body will need even more if out in the sun.

Have any more tips? Feel free to add them below in the comments section!