Sun Safety

Did you know that more than half of all new cancers are skin cancers? Healthy skin care begins at childhood and licensees are encouraged to use sunscreen on children. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and others from the sun:

 

·         Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These are the hours that the sun’s rays are the strongest. Try to schedule outdoor activities for other times of the day or limit the amount of outdoor time during these peak periods.

 

·         Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses whenever possible.

 

·         Use caution near water and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase the chances of sunburn.

 

·         Choose a sunscreen with a rating of SPF 15 or higher. Use sunscreen frequently and liberally. Apply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply about every two hours. Use even on cloudy days, as Ultra Violet rays can penetrate cloud cover.


·         And guess what? Avoid using old sunscreen and do not leave sunscreen in the sun, car, garage or other hot place. Age and heat can compromise the effectiveness of most sunscreens.

 

Young Child Ministries

 
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