Now that the snow has melted and we are (finally) greeted with green fields and sunshine, what will your family do with their newfound outdoor freedom? Are you planning a relaxing vacation, complete with palm trees, warm water, privacy and the occasional adult beverage? Or, are you the “on the go” type, seeking motor boats, basketball, soccer, tennis, games, and intense winding waterslides?
No matter what kind of family activities your family does, don’t forget sun safety!
Cover up during peak sun
Over exposure to the sun can cause skin damage. More than 90% of all skin cancer cases occur on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk than others.
- Sunscreens and blocks should be applied 30 minutes prior to entering the sun’s rays, and re-applied at least every 2 hours
- Wearing of shirts, hats (uniform issue only) and sunglasses are recommended for added protection.
- Sunglass lenses should block out at least 80% of UV rays. Higher percentages of UV blockage are recommended.
Studies indicate from 50% to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun occurs by the age of 18. Historically, skin cancer has primarily affected older individuals. However, in recent years, physicians have noted an increase in cases among young adults. Don’t take chances!