Don’t Get Burned This Summer: Sun Safety Tips From AA County Health Department

Now that summer is finally here it’s time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. But, before you head out into the sun, take a few minutes to review some important sun safety tips provided by the  Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Applying sunscreen, wearing a hat and long sleeves, or finding a shady spot at the pool are just a few ways to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes prior to going out in the sun.

Have a safe summer and don’t get burned!

  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.

  • If you are outside, stay in the shade. Water and sand reflect sunlight, making the sun’s UV rays more intense.

  • Liberally apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen, even if it is labeled as water resistant, at least every two hours. Water resistant sunscreens should also be reapplied after swimming or sweating according to directions on the label.

  • Children six months and older should wear sunscreen. Ask your doctor about using sunscreen on an infant under six months.

  • Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

  • Use lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

  • Cover up when outside by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants.

  • Do not use tanning beds, because they are just as dangerous as the sun’s UV rays.

  • Check your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer, including any changes in birthmarks, moles and spots. If you see any kind of change or other warning signs, contact your health care provider.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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