- Stay in the shade, especially during the sun’s peak hours (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
- Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sun damage occurs even on cloudy days.
- Cover up with clothing, especially a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Use long-sleeve rash guards with a high SPF rating if you are on the beach or in the water.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens can be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Teach children good sun-protective practices to reduce the risk of future health problems.
- Avoid tanning and especially, do not burn! One blistering sunburn can double your risk of melanoma.
For more information about summer heat preparedness, visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ website.