UV Index climbs with more direct sunlight

UV Index for Friday May, 12 is high which means you could get burned in less than an hour of outside exposure without sun protection.

It’s time to start slathering the sun protectant if you plan on spending time outside. Especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. This time of year you are especially susceptible to a sunburn because the sun’s angle is more direct and intense. Here are a few tips from the EPA website about UV radiation.

Do NOT Burn

Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.

No Tanning

Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds

UV radiation from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.

Generously Apply Sunscreen

Generously apply about one ounce of sunscreen to cover all exposed skin 15 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and provide broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

Coverup

Wear Protective Clothing

Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.

Seek Shade

Seek Shade

Seek shade when possible, and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Beach

Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand

Water, snow, and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

UV Index

Check the UV Index

The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA.

Vitamin D

Get Vitamin D Safely

Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun.

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