Sun Safety 101

Summer is in full swing and the sunshine is here to stay. You’ve probably got a bunch of outdoor activities planned and we want to make sure you stay safe while you check them off your to-do list.

Utilize these safety tips when you venture outside to have fun in the sun:

A lifeguard stand at a crowded beach1. Use sunscreen (and reapply it as needed)

You should wear sunscreen every day, all year round (we get it; it’s easy to forget) but especially in the summer months. Opt for SPF 30 and make sure it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Whether you use spray or cream, be sure to apply it at least 15 minutes before you head outside.

2. Cover up

Shirts, hats, shorts, pants, shoes, and sunglasses are good options for sun protection. We know it’s hot and you’re probably not going to wear long pants to the beach (we wouldn’t either) but if you’re taking a break from the sunshine or checking out the boardwalk, consider throwing on some extra layers so you don’t get burned.

3. Seek out the shade

We know you want to get your tan - and you will - but make sure you’ve got a little bit of shade available wherever you go, especially if you have children with you. If you’re going to the beach, bring a beach umbrella with you. Picnic at the park? Choose a spot beneath a tree! Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more

When you’re outside in the heat and you haven’t had enough water, you become prone to heat exhaustion which can cause cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Stay hydrated by steering clear from sodas and fruit juices and opting for water instead. Though some people swear by the 8x8 rule, just trust your body and drink water when you’re thirsty. It'll help you complete the Summer Hydration Challenge!

Enjoy the weather and remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours!