July 20, 2015
Florida summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging in the 90s. While the beaming sun brightens vacations, it can also bring an unwanted sunburn and heat stroke.
Florida residents who plan on being outdoors for any length of time are especially vulnerable to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and should take extra precautions to protect themselves from skin damage.
By following a few simple steps, residents can protect themselves from the sun’s strong rays:
– Seek shade and avoid the sun’s rays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
– Wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt
– Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every two hours even on cloudy days
– Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes
– Drink lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water cools your body.
For additional resources on protecting your skin and sun safety awareness, visit https://www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/free-resources.