Monday, June 6, 2011

Sun Safety Week

School is out for summer and it’s hot and sunny here in Houston! This week is National Sun Safety Week so here are some interesting facts and some helpful sun safety tips to use while you are planning your outdoor activities.

Did you know?

• Using Insect repellent with sunscreen can reduce the SPF, so use a higher one.

• UV Rays are strongest from 10am to 4.

• You can burn even on a cloudy day.

• One blistering sunburn can double a child's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.

• UV forecast is issued each day by National Weather Service and EPA, if there is a UV alert plan indoor activities:

Sun Safety Tips

• Keep infants 6 months and under out of the sun.

• Use sunscreen that is at least 15 SPF and at least 30 SPF for kids under 6.

• Read the label for directions on how often to reapply and water resistance

• Check your sunscreen’s expiration date. A good rule of thumb is to get new each summer.

• Reapply sunscreen often especially after sweating or swimming.

• Wear protective clothes, hats and sunglasses.

• Drink lots of water.

• Seek shade when possible.

• Check the UV forecast,, before planning outdoor activities

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