I know the sun hasn’t been out in much of Texas lately. However, when it finally does come out and shines for a while, everyone will be running outdoors to enjoy the weather. While you are enjoying your fun in the sun don’t forget these Sun Safety Guidelines:
1. Direct Sunlight – Avoid Direct Sunlight form the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
2. Use Sunscreen – Apply sunscreen to skin 20 to 30 minutes before going outside allowing it to absorb in your skin. You need to make sure that you reapply at least every 2 hours or more often when you are swimming or doing activities where you may sweat.
3. Wear Sun glasses – You need to make sure that you wear sunglasses with UV protection. The best kind of sunglasses block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Also, large-framed wrap around sunglasses protect your eyes from all angles.
4. Cover Skin – Cover your skin with long sleeves, long pants, or long skirts. Wearing darker colors or tightly woven fabrics also helps prevent light from coming through. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through as well.
5. Big hats – If you are going to wear a hat to help shade you and your body away from the UV rays, make sure that it is a BIG hat. Hats that have a 2 to 3 inch brim are good at protecting your face, ears, and the back of your neck from UV rays. Shade caps are also good to use because they have the appearance of a baseball cap with a 7 inch piece of fabric that hangs down the back and sides.
If you are going to be out in the sun please make sure that you take the necessary precautions to help protect your skin from skin cancer.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact your Local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agent. You can also visit http://coolshade.tamu.edu
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
County Extension Agent -Family and Consumer Science