UV Safety Month

sunJuly is UV Safety month. Practicing sun safety should be important to you and your family. Invisible Ultraviolet (UV) light is part of the energy that comes from the sun. When the UV light is exposed to your skin, it can cause cell damage to your skin and your eyes. One of the most common types of cell damage is sunburn. On a day like today, it only takes about 20 minutes, without sunscreen to get sunburn. Sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15 should be applied everyday. A person with fair skin that may burn easily in the midday sun may be able to tolerate around 5 hours of outdoor activities with an SPF 20. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you head outside so it can soak into your skin. Wearing a hat as well as light colored clothing are other affective ways to protect you from sunburn. Shirts should be worn when playing outside and even after swimming. Oh… and don’t forget your sunglasses. Sunglasses should be worn every time you are outdoors. They block harmful UV light from your eyes and your eyelids.

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       Sunburn Time

Extreme: Less than 15 mins
Very High: 20 mins
High: 30 mins
Moderate: 40 mins
Low: More than 1 hour

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This post was written by qni_it on July 1, 2010

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