Friday, June 3, 2016

Summertime Sun Safety

It seems that summer has finally arrived in West Michigan! Here are some Sun Safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.
1. Sunscreen

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 before going outside is recommended. Did you know that the sun’s rays can still reach you even on cool and cloudy days? Don’t forget that sunscreen wears off after about two hours. Be sure to reapply often! Check your supply at home and make sure that your sunscreen has not expired.

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses do a great job of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Check to see if your sunglasses block UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses are an inexpensive way to keep your eye protected!

3. Shade

Sitting under an umbrella and playing under a tree are just two ways that you can be outside while keeping out of the sun. Don’t forget, you still need sunscreen in the shade.

4. Hat
A wide brim hat is another great way to get protection from the sun. Wide brim hats are typically able to protect your face, ears, and neck.

5. Clothing
Loose, lightweight clothing with longer sleeves and pant legs are another way to keep cool while protecting your skin from the sun. The tighter the weave of the clothing typically the better coverage you will have. It is a good idea to have an extra shirt to put on after a few hours of sun exposure. Don’t forget, while darker colored clothes usually make you warmer, they usually protect you from the sun more effectively than lighter colored clothes.

We hope your family has a safe and enjoyable summer!