Staying Safe in the Sun
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Starting late spring and during summer, many people like to spend time outside in the sun working or just having fun. Overexposure to the sun can cause problems so here are some precautions to take while you work and have fun in the sun.
Always wear sunscreen with a Sun Protective Factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure the sunscreen is not outdated and that children are properly protected.
- Wear long-sleeved, light colored, loose fitting clothing except when working around machinery.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, face, and neck and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
- Limit sun exposure during the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun's rays are the strongest. Rule of thumb: If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is at its highest intensity. The American Academy of Dermatology has established the Shadow Rule: No Shadow – SEEK SHADE