By Springfield-Greene County Health
With the sun shining brightly this summer, it’s time for us to celebrate National UV Safety Awareness Month. This is the perfect occasion to learn about the importance of sun safety and how we can enjoy the great outdoors while taking care of ourselves. So put on your sunscreen and let’s dive into some tips to practice sun safety!
1. Stay Sun-Protected:
Did you know that while the sun’s rays can be both fun and healthy, too much sun can be harmful? That’s why it’s essential to protect our skin and eyes from too much sun exposure. Whenever you plan to work or play outside, remember these three simple steps: slip, slap, and slop!
Slip on a shirt: Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothes that cover your arms and legs. They act as a shield, protecting your skin from the sun’s rays.
Slap on a hat: Put on a cool hat with a wide brim to shade your face, ears, and neck. It’s like wearing your own personal umbrella!
Slop on sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin. Don’t forget to ask for help for hard-to-reach places, and make sure that any kids are protected with sunscreen.
2. Water, Water Everywhere:
Staying hydrated is crucial, especially when we’re having so much fun outdoors. Drinking plenty of water helps us feel energized and keeps our bodies working properly. If you’re thirsty, drink water. Remember, sipping water throughout the day is the way to go!
3. Seek the Shade:
When the sun is at its strongest, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., it’s a good idea to find some shade to rest and recharge. Seek out a cool spot under a tree or use an umbrella to create your own little oasis. Taking an afternoon hike? Pick a trail with plenty of tree cover. Shade provides relief from the sun’s rays and keeps us safe.
4. Eyes on the Prize:
Our eyes are precious, so let’s make sure we keep them safe too! Wear sunglasses that block out harmful UV rays. They not only make us look cool but also protect our eyes from damage caused by the sun.
As we celebrate National UV Safety Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that we can have a blast outside while staying safe from the sun. By following these simple steps like wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen, staying hydrated, seeking shade, and wearing sunglasses, we can have the best summer ever!
So, gather your friends, head outside, and let the adventures begin. Just remember to be sun smart, take care of your skin and eyes, and enjoy the wonders of nature responsibly. Have an amazing and safe summer!