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National sun safety week

The sun can damage young skin.
The sun can damage young skin.
Flickr: Mary

June 7th through 12th is National Sun Safety week. Especially in our climate, where it’s sunny most of the year, it’s important to teach our children about sun safety. This is the time of year when tank tops and shorts come out and more time is spent outside, at the pool or the beach.

According to the Sun Safety Alliance, an organization dedicated to educating adults and children on sun safety and the prevention of skin cancer, use of sunscreen during the first 18 years of life can reduce some types of skin cancer by 78 percent and one severe sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.

Although some people may have a lower risk factor, all skin types can burn and are susceptible to the sun’s rays.

Sun Safety Alliance recommends that you:

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
• Remember that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete and water.
• Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm
• Apply at least a SPF 15 or higher whenever you are outdoors. Children will need SPF 30 or higher.

For even more information on protection you and your loved ones from the sun, visit Sun Safety Alliance on-line.

Sun Safety Alliance also has many activities available on-line.

Sun Safety Activities for Infants and Toddlers

Sun Safety Activities for Preschool- Age Children

Free booklets are also available at Child Health Online and Bring Safety Home.


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