Sun Safety Tips

Summer time brings fun and excitement, but can also be the cause of pain. The suns’ rays are most intense and damaging during the summer months. The greatest exposure occurs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Be aware that you can still get a sunburn even in cloudy weather and at any time during the day. The following are some tips on preventing injury from the sun and heat:

  • Wear a hat when in the sun. Keep in mind that some hats are better than others. When selecting a hat, make sure it protects the face, ears, and neck. It should be cool enough to be worn on a hot day. The hat should stay on in all types of activities. Make sure it can be worn in and around close quarters. A hat should not limit vision or hearing.
  • Proper clothing is important. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants in light colors and fabrics. Proper clothing minimizes heat stress.
  • Purchase the proper sunglasses. Look at the label and purchase sunglasses with a high UV rating.
  • Parts of the body that are not covered by clothing should be protected with a waterproof sunscreen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The SPF 15 rating means that your skin is protected from a reaction to the sun 15 times longer than it is without the sunscreen.

Resource: FDLES Division of Safety, 2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building E, Tallahassee, Florida 32301