Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

Jul 15, 2016

Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection. Make a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.

Prolonged UV Exposure

Every time you go outside during daylight hours, you are exposed to UV rays. A quick walk down the driveway to the mailbox probably won’t do any short-term damage but prolonged exposure can have several consequences:

  • Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive.
  • Skin damage: Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.

  • Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure have been linked to skin cancer.

How can I keep from getting burned?

Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by:

  • sunscreen

    Sunscreen. Experts recommend using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its effectiveness after 2 hours (Always read the direction). Make sure to bring sunscreen when you are planning a day outside.

  • Protective Clothing. Wide-brimmed hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in SPF protection. Don’t forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.

  • Shade. The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.

What’s the Hottest Time of Day?

While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside your climate-controlled environment.

Make sure your home stays cool this summer, call Johnson Heating & Cooling Inc., in Greenwood, IN, at (317) 881-7738 to schedule an A/C tune-up today.

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