Summer is in full swing. The weather is steamy, the sun is hot, and many people are taking advantage of the season by spending time outdoors. With an increase of time outside comes more exposure to harmful Ultra-Violet (UV) rays. These UV rays are emitted by the sun, and if precautionary measures are not taken, can cause eye damage, skin damage, severe burns, and even skin cancer. July is UV safety month, which spreads awareness on this issue. Rob Levine & Associates have assembled a few tips and tricks that will help you stay safe this sunny season.
UV Sun Safety Tips
SPF 30 is the minimum recommended sunscreen protection. This SPF is said to block around 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. It is also advised that sunscreen is applied 30 minutes before you are exposed to the sun. This allows the sunscreen to fully soak into the skin. Sunscreen should be reapplied about every two hours.
Sunscreen is only part of the equation; make sure to protect yourself by wearing clothing that covers your skin from the sun. Slipping on a hat and sunglasses will help protect your head and eyes from being burnt. Finally, in many cases, using protective gear such as umbrellas and tents are used to avoid immediate impact with the UV rays.
Take Greater Care During High UV Levels
UV levels are the highest from 10am-4pm. These are also the most popular times to be outdoors during the summer. Stay protected during these times by spending time in the shade or indoors.
Clouds Don’t Count As Shade
Though clouds may seem as if they are blocking the sun, they are not protecting you from the UV rays that the sun emits. Make sure you are using just as much protection on a cloudy day as you would on a sunny day to prevent serious skin damage.
Additional Summer Safety Tips
It is so important to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion during the summer. You may experience heat exhaustion if you undergo any of these symptoms:
- Weak but rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
- Headache/ dizziness
It is important to get out of the heat immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms. Some precautionary measures also include:
- Staying hydrated
- Resting during peak hours of heat
- Staying cool
By staying cautious of the sun and the heat it radiates during these summer months, you can help avoid skin damage and heat exhaustion. For more summer safety tips, make sure to visit our Facebook.
About Rob Levine & Associates
Rob Levine and Associates are personal injury attorneys who help individuals who help the injured and disabled. The firm practices law and services Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut on injury cases. Rob Levine and Associates also handles social security disability and veteran’s disability cases on a regional and national level as well. Our team is available 24/7 to help you. Contact us at 800-742-3940 or visit our website for more information.