Fourth of July Sun Safety

by EMP Editor on July 3, 2012

This Fourth of July, or Independence Day, marks the 236th anniversary of the United States’ freedom.  In July 1776 the estimated population was 2.5 million.  Now, 236 years later the estimated population is 313.9 million.  That’s a lot of people and chances are many of them will find themselves celebrating outside, which means potential for a lot of sun exposure.

It’s important that you protect yourself, especially during midday hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  Stay in the shade as much as possible and wear light-colored clothing and a hat to protect your skin.  Take the time to apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.  Speaking of UVA and UVB, wear sunglasses that block as close to 100% of these rays as possible.

You’ll be thankful you did these simple things to avoid sunburn.  No one wants to spend their Fourth of July needing sun burn care.

Source: cdc.gov, census.gov, usa.gov

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