Staying Sun-Safe This Summer

June 20, 2019

Summer Sun Safety

Recognize the UV Index Scale

The UV index provides a forecast of the expected intensity of UV radiation from the sun.  An easy way to tell how much UV exposure you are getting is to look for your shadow. When your shadow is shorter than you are, you are being exposed to higher levels of UV radiation.

UV Index Scale

Find Your Local UV Index

Be sure to take these steps to avoid burning up this summer:

  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30: Reapply at least every 2 hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when UV rays are strongest.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

Source: American Cancer Society

Nothing is more important than the safety of you and your family. Always remember to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen before going outside, especially in the middle of the day when the UV index is at its highest. Don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions about your insurance coverage.

Have a Great Summer!

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