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Summer is finally here. It is important to stay safe under the sun, especially if you are going to be under the sun on a hot day. Here are some important tips to keep safe under the sun:
- Use sunglasses
o Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s heat and radiation
- Use long sleeved clothes and hats when working under the sun
o This avoids too much exposure to the sun’s rays.
- Use Sunscreen
o Sunscreen protects your skin from the Ultra Violet (UV) rays and moistures your skin. It is important to know which sunscreen is good for you. It is HIGH recommendable to buy the one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and “broad-spectrum” on the label. This means that it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB. Avoid sunscreens containing PABA and those with an SPF of less than 15.Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before outdoor play. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, especially if water play is involved.
- Limit your skin exposure time
o The sun is at its strongest between 10am – 4pm. It is best to be in the sun after 4pm. This will help reduce sun exposure to your skin.
- SAY NO TO TANNING
o Too much sun exposure to the skin can cause redness, burning, irritation, and peeling to the skin, which can cause health problems because in some cases it leads to skin cancer.
- Keep babies out of the sun
o Babies have sensitive skin and it increases their chance to experience redness, irritation, and peeling to the skin.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY SAFE UNDER THE SUN TO PREVENT ANY OF THESE ACTIONS!