Protect Yourself from the Sun

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Protect Yourself from the Sun

 

This summer we’re all going to be outdoors and having fun, but we must remember one very important thing: Protect yourself from the sun!

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause many health problems for kids and adults. The amount of damage from UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected. There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans.

 

What can you do to protect yourself? Here a quick video to explain:

Here are a couple tips before heading out for your next big outdoor adventure:

  • Cover up. Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.
  • Use sunscreen. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays.
  • Wear a hat. A wide brim hat (not a baseball cap) is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
  • Wear UV-absorbent shades. Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Limit exposure. UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Get in the shade as frequently as possible.

Here at the Campfire Blog, we’d never encourage you to avoid doing fun outdoor activities, but we will encourage you to play safe. If you’d like to learn more about some fun activities for kids, check out Andy Camper’s Activities List.

Obviously we’re not going to be able to avoid the sun 100%, so below are some excellent resources to learn more about how you can protect yourself from those harmful UV rays:

Health Canada
9 Ways to Protect Yourself
Sun Prevention – CDC

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