Stay safe in the sun

With the ring of the final bell of the school year, students enter into a season of freedom and fun in the sun. While reveling in the great outdoors is a highly anticipated activity of the summer months. However, it is not without danger. Indeed, precautions ought to be taken to avoid the damage caused by the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher can provide a front-line defense against the sun's rays. To maximize the benefits of sunscreen, you should apply it about 15 minutes before exposure. This allows time for the sunscreen to be absorbed and to bind with the skin. Apply liberally, then reapply every two hours (or immediately following swimming or excessive perspiration). Use SPF lip balm to protect the lips.

Wear Sun-Protective Clothing

A wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants provide much-needed protection against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. To accommodate for the summer heat, consider purchasing specially-designed sun clothing that is lightweight yet offers effective sun protection. Remember to protect the eyes, too, by using sunglasses that filter out UV light.

Seek Shelter

Stay inside (or at least in the shaded areas) between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM, as the UV index is typically highest during this timeframe. Take advantage of these peak hours for running errands, performing chores, or playing inside in ways that minimize sun exposure. Remember to monitor the UV index from day today to make adjustments as needed.

Stay Hydrated

Anyone can quickly become dehydrated under the hot summer sun, with children being particularly susceptible. Encourage your children to carry a water bottle, drink from it regularly, and refill it throughout the day. Dehydration is a danger even when being idle, so if your children are active, be sure they are drinking plenty of liquids to compensate for lost fluids.

Summer is a season for fun, but it can also be a season full of hazards if precautions are not taken. Protect your children from the summer sun by adhering to these simple yet practical solutions.

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