Summer is in full swing and that means spending lots of time outdoors. But all that fun and sun can be dangerous. The experts at the Kohl's Cares Injury Prevention Program at DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan offer these sun safety tips.
Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Teach children the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun's rays are at their strongest.
Seek shade, especially in the middle of the day when the sun's rays are strongest.
Follow the Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap! rules:
Slip on a shirt: Cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you're out in the sun. Choose comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you can't see through when held up to a light.
Slop on sunscreen: Use sunscreen and lip balm with broad spectrum protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen (about a palmful) to unprotected skin at least 30 minutes before outdoor activities. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, toweling dry, or sweating.
Slap on a hat: Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck. If you choose a baseball cap, remember to protect your ears and neck with sunscreen.
Wrap on sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB absorption to protect your eyes and the surrounding skin.
Take breaks inside the house or rest in the shade so that you are not exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
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