Tips On Avoiding a Sunburn



With the warm summer weather right around the corner it is important to remember sun safety tips.

Apply sun screen at least 30 minutes before going into the sun or swimming. Continue to apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours while you are out on the sun or every hour while swimming.

While children are playing or swimming they will not remember to apply sunscreen and so it is very important to apply it for them covering any skin that is exposed to the sun including ears, nose, hands and feet. “Wearing a T-shirt while swimming does not protect your skin unless sunscreen has also been applied to your skin under the T-shirt.”

Teach children the ABC’s of protecting your skin from the sun:

  • A = Away.Stay away from the sun in the middle of the day (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon).
  • B = Block.Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect babies’ and children’s very sensitive skin.
  • C = Cover up.Wear clothing that covers the skin, hats with wide brims, and sunglasses with UV protection. Even children 1 year old should wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • S = Speak out.Teach others to protect their skin from sun damage.


To help avoid a sunburn it is best to stay out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors. 


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