UV Safety Month (July)
The summer months are known for being hot, Hot, HOT! There are excellent benefits to being outdoors in the sunlight, such as getting your daily intake of Vitamin D, but we must take precautions when in the summer rays. July is when summer is in full swing and it is also UV safety month! During the summertime, the sunlight's invisible Ultraviolet rays are three times as bright as they are in the winter. The sun can damage your skin in as little as fifteen minutes and the same sun that damages your skin, can also damage your eyes! UV rays can cause vision loss, cataracts, skin damage and possibly lead to cancer because our skin and eyes are sensitive to sunlight and can be overexposed if they are not protected. 30 SPF sun block, UV protective clothing and sunglasses that guard against UVA and UVB rays are important investments for your health.
Here are some great ways to safeguard yourself while you and your family are out in the summer sun:
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours, between 10am and 4pm sun is brightest.
These tips, provided by the CDC, can help you stay safe while out in the UV rays but ultimately help you have the most amount of fun in the sun! For more information on sun safety visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm or for more on UV safety month visit www.aao.org
Article provided by Bethany Bowen, Intern from James Madison University working with Community Outreach.