Safe in the Sun
The weather is warming up, the days are longer and there's more time to be outside doing all kinds of fun things! But if you're going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe.
You don't need to hide from the sun completely. But you should take these two steps:
- Always wear sunscreen.
- Take breaks from the sun often by going indoors or moving into the shade.
These steps are especially important between 10 a.m. (in the morning) and 4 p.m. (in the afternoon), when the sun's rays are strongest.
Use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Put on sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun. The letters SPF stand for sun protection factor, and the number rating tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned.
But this isn't always true, so reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, just to be safe. Do this more often if you've been swimming or sweating a lot — even if the sunscreen is waterproof. And remember that you can get sunburned more quickly when you're swimming or boating because the reflection from the water makes the sun's rays stronger.