Did You Miss Don’t Fry Day? It’s A Day To Remind Us About Sun Protection

by Samantha on Monday

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend has been designated as Don’t Fry Day by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. This group and other agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finding ways to remind us of the dangers of skin cancer when we’re out in the sun and don’t take precautions. The quick phrase they’d like us to remember is Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap. I’m not sure that these words will become a top-selling jingle,but spelled out the message is to: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses.

These organizations offer several concrete suggestions that we should follow, keeping in mind that we can be out in the sun even skiing during the winter. These tips are to be applied year-round, whenever we’re out in the sun.

Tip #1: Seek Shade When Outdoors. It’s especially challenging when at the beach to find shade, but use an umbrella or hat with a large brim. The UV rays from the sun are strongest between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. If your kids are away at an outdoor day camp, make certain that they have sun protection and know to hang out in the shade whenever they can.

Tip #2: Take A Break When Near Water, Snow, Or Sand. Being outdoors whether you’re snow skiing or water skiing, the reflection from snow, water, and sand can magnify the effects of the UV rays and cause sunburn even faster. Find ways to take a break and get into a shaded area.

Tip #3: Wear Protective Clothing When Possible. It may seem like you are going to roast in the heat, but wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses will protect your skin from UV rays. People who work outdoors in the sun are in the know and usually dress with protective clothing, not shorts.

Tip #4: Apply Sunscreen Liberally. Apply sunscreen to all skin that is going to be exposed to the sun. It should have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more and should state that it will give you protection from both UVA A and B rays. Make certain to reapply it every 2 hours, even on cloudy days.

Tip #5: Limit Your Time In The Sun – Don’t Burn. Sunburns can significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children. The UV rays from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling, and should be avoided.

Tip #6: Get Your Vitamin D Through Your Diet. Some believe that getting out in the sun is the best way to get their daily dose of Vitamin D, but the preferable way is through what you eat, not getting sunburned.

And may your family stay happy and healthy this summer by following these UV ray protection tips. Check us out at http://www.happyfamilyguide.com/ to find many more tips for making your home a nurturing environment for growing a happy family. We strive to provide ideas to families looking for ways to become more connected with each other and members of your community. We’d love to hear how you’re growing a happy family.

From Karen Wintress and Happy Family Guide

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