Sun Safety Tips

June 29, 2010



BE CAREFUL when you go outside on a sunny day!

Two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage your SKIN and EYES – UVA and UVB rays.   You and your children can sunburn in only 15 minutes.   Sunburns look bad and feel worse ~ they:

  • hurt
  • increase your chances of getting wrinkly when you get older
  • can lead to skin cancer

To keep you and your family safe:

  • COVER UP – Wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat with a wide brim.  Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • STAY IN THE SHADE – When your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is very strong.  Try to keep your children out of the sun between 11 am and 4 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  Look for places with lots of shade, such as a park with big trees.  Always take an umbrella to the beach.  Always keep your baby in the shade.
  • ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN when you are out in the sun.  Put it on 20 minutes before you go out.  Carry it with you and reapply every 2 hours (or more often if you are swimming or sweating).  DO NOT put sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old.  NEVER use baby oil to protect children from the sun ~ it will not work.
  • USE SUNSCREEN OF SPF 15 OR HIGHER – SPF means Sun Protection Factor, and the number tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned.  So if you normally burn after 10 minutes and you put on a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15, you get 15 times the protection – 10 X 15 = 150 minutes.   Reapply every 2 hours though ~  just to be safe.