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Sun Safety

DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN The sun is the star at the center of our solar system and is responsible for the earth's climate and weather. ONE MILLION earths could fit inside the sun. Light from the sun takes about 8 minutes to reach the earth. The sun radiates light to the earth. Part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet rays. Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA: These rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. These rays pass through the ozone layer meaning they makeup the majority of our sun exposure. UVB: Also very dangerous, these rays cause sunburn, cataracts, and effect the immune system, as well as contributing to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of twenty. Most of these rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough can pass through to cause serious damage. UVC: The most dangerous of the three types of rays. Fortunately, these rays are blocked by the ozone layer never reaching the earth. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. DON'T FORGET YOUR SHADE! Each there are year more nevW cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. 88888 More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Over the past 1990 three decades, more people have 2000 had skin cancer than all other 2010 cancers combined. Just a few serious sunburns can boost your child's risk of skin cancer later in life... Half of all adults report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months. SEEK SHADE COVER UP UV rays are the strongest and most harmful at midday. It's best to plan indoor activities at this time, but if you can, seek shade under a tree, umbrella or shade structure. Clothing that covers up your childs skin helps protect them from UV rays. It's wise to double up as well, applying sunscreen or keeping them in the shade is also good when possible. WEAR SUNGLASSES APPLY SUNSCREEN Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 as well as UVA and UVB child Sunglasses protect your child's eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cateracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible. protection everytime your goes outside. For the best protection, apply suncreen 30 outside. minutes before you go TURNING PINK? TAN? Skin that is unprotected can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes, but it can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show full ACTE Tanned skin is damaged skin! Any change in the color of your child's skin after time in the sun, whether sunburn or suntan is damage from UV ACIEACITACE rays. CEY CLOUDY? 100PSI Clouds DO NOT block UV rays, they filter them and sometimes thats only slightly. Make sure you still use protection! ooften kids get sunburned when they are outdoors for 00 longer than expected. Plan ahead, and keep sunscreen on hand. LOOKING FOR SHADE? WANT MORE HELPFUL INFO? Go to to find that perfect umbrella or shade structure. Unprotected skin is damaged skin, and no one wants that! Visit for daily blog posts on bleacher safety, recycling, pool furniture maintenance, playground safety, budgeting and much, much more.. Infographic by Sources: safe/outdoor/sun safety.html PARK POOL

Sun Safety

shared by parknpool on Jan 14
Don't forget your sunscreen. This infographic explains the importance of sun safety.




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