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Sun Safety

As we spend more time outdoors, we increase our sun exposure. The good news is you can take some simple steps to decrease your risk for sunburn and skin cancer. 

Nothing can completely undo sun damage, although the skin can sometimes repair itself. So, it's never too late to begin protecting yourself from the sun. Follow these tips to help prevent sun-related skin problems: 

  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and then at least every 2 hours thereafter, more if you are sweating or swimming
  • Select cosmetic products and contact lenses that offer UV protection
  • Wear sunglasses with total UV protection
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, and pants
  • Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible during peak UV radiation hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Perform skin self-exams regularly to become familiar with existing growths and to notice any changes or new growths
  • Eighty percent of a person's lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18. As a parent, be a good role model and foster skin cancer prevention habits in your child
  • Avoid tanning beds

For more information on protecting your skin from the sun, check out this sun safety article on WebMD.

    Water Safety

    It's hot this summer, which makes it the perfect time to spend your free time at the lake. Be sure that you follow safety tips when in, on or around the water. 

    • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
    • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
    • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
    • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
    • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

    Learn more about water safety and what to do in case of an emergency, by visiting the American Red Cross website.

    Hydration

    It's important to stay hydrated when working and playing out of doors. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you may get dehydrated. For more information on dehydration and it's prevention and treatments, click here



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