September 22, 2023

Staying Safe in the Sun

Summer is the time to get outside and spend time in the sun with loved ones. No matter where you live though, even away from the beach, the sun can cause much damage that could lead to certain types of skin cancers. To stay safe this summer and the whole year through, learning helpful information and tips will allow you to enjoy the sun while practicing good UV safety.

First of all, it should be noted that while the sun is the greatest source of UV rays, you do not have to be in direct sunlight to be affected. Being outside doesn’t have to be avoided completely, either; after all, sunlight is a good source of vitamin D and fresh air is always nice for exercise and other activities. Sun damage can occur not just on days spent at the beach or on the lake, either. It can happen on early mornings before the sun is high in the sky or on cloudy afternoons where you may not notice the sun at all. By adhering to a few helpful tips, you can ensure that your family remains safe while enjoying that sweet summer sunshine.

A fun and simple way to remember UV safety is this method by the American Cancer Society: “slip, slop, slap, and wrap!”

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Wrap on sunglasses

By remembering this catchphrase, you can practice UV safety anytime you are exposed to the sun, especially in this bright summer months.

Keep in mind that sun damage can happen throughout the year. When you are planning a day outdoors and in direct sunlight, check the local forecast and UV index before heading out.

Whether you live near the coast, nestled among the mountains or somewhere in between, keeping yourself educated on how to stay protected from damaging UV rays can play the best preventative role for potential skin cancer.

Learn more by visiting the Sun Safety Alliance and the Skin Cancer Foundation.