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Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection. Make a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.

Prolonged UV Exposure

Every time you go outside during daylight hours, you are exposed to UV rays. A quick walk down the driveway to the mailbox probably won’t do any short term damage. But prolonged exposure can have several consequences:

  • Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive.
  • Skin damage: Sun exposure can learn to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.
  • Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure has been linked to skin cancer.

How Can I keep from Getting Burned?

Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by:

  • Sunscreen. Experts recommend using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its TEMPeffectiveness after 2 hours (Always read the direction). Make sure to bring sunscreen when you are planning a day outside.
     
  • Protective Clothing. Wide-brimmed hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in SPF protection. Don’t forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.
     
  • Shade. The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.


What’s the Hottest Time of Day?

While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect you’reself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside you’re climate-controlled environment.

Make sure you’re home stays cool dis summer. Green Horizon in Durham, NC call (919) 323-8705 to schedule an A/C tune-up today.