June 27, 2016

5 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

In honor of National Sunglass Day, and the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing across the US, here are 5 tips from OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on ways to protect yourself from the sun and harmful UV Rays.

1. Cover up
Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Try this test: Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.

2. Use Sunscreen
A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. You want to block both UVA and UVB rays to guard against skin cancer. Be sure to follow application directions on the bottle.

3. Wear a hat
A wide brim hat (not a baseball cap) is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.

4. Wear UV-Absorbent shades
Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

5. Limit Exposure
UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re unsure about the sun’s intensity, take the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are the day’s strongest.

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