5 reminders to help keep you safe in the summer sun

Stay safe this summer

It's summertime! The sun is out, it's warm, and practically every day is a great day to be outside. but there are a few things you should remember to stay safe in the summer sun. According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. In 2015, over 80,000 new cases of Melanomas of the skin were reported, and almost 9,000 people died from it in the US. Most of that damage happens when your skin burns. But, the CDC does have some suggestions to prevent them from happening.

Tip #1 - Shade

The sun’s UV rays are the strongest at midday. Be safe in the summer sun. So if you’re relaxing outside, use a tree, umbrella or tent to keep out of the sun.

Tip #2 - Sunscreen

Put it on before you walk out the door every time. Make sure you’re putting it on your children and teaching them the importance of it as well. Broad spectrum sunscreens are the best to use. Read what the American Academy of Dermatology suggest for sunscreens here.

Tip #3 - Clothing

Bear with us. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric give you the best protection.

Tip #4 - Hats

Hats are great because they protect the face, scalp, ears and neck all at once! They come in a lot of varieties, so you’re sure to find a style you like wearing.

Tip #5 - Sunglasses

Yup, the sun’s UV rays can damage your eyes too. So when you’re buying sunglasses, make sure they’re offering you some kind of UV protection. If you have to wear glasses, make sure to get the UV coating.

Don’t forget about your dogs! Click here for tips to keep them cool in the summer and to keep them safe in the summer sun.