- 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 6 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 HeatReadyCA website.