The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, 2012 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness.
Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like trips to the beach, the pool, long hikes, BBQ’s in the park or much-needed R&R! Outdoor activities are lots of fun, but sunburns are not. The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day” to remind all those that will be enjoying the sunshine this weekend to take extra precautions and remember sun safety.
Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Do Not Burn.
- Avoid intentional tanning.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
Generously Apply Sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Wear Sun Protective Clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
Seek Shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.
Get Vitamin D Safely through a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.