Protect yourself and your family from sun’s damaging rays
Summer has arrived bringing us warm weather and sunshine. As you are out enjoying summer time activities, the Monterey County Health Department would like to remind you that sun safety is important for you and your loved ones. It is not even necessary to be at the pool, beach, or even on vacation to get too much sun. Everyone’s skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they are outdoors.
With summer here, Monterey County residents will spend more time outdoors enjoying the sunny weather. “The Department recognizes the importance of outdoor physical activity,” Dr. Lisa Hernandez, Interim Monterey County Health Officer said, “but we encourage people to exercise precaution when spending time in the sun in order to reduce their risk of sunburn which may lead to the development of skin problems, including cancer.”
Of special concern to the Department is children’s sun safety. Children spend a great deal of time in the sun, getting an average of three times more exposure to the sun’s rays than adults. Just a few serious sunburns can increase a child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. It is critical to create positive sun safety habits at a young age.
The Department staff offers the following sun safety tips:
- Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm.
- Always wear protective clothing when outdoors.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.
- Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
- Sunscreens need to be applied liberally and evenly over all exposed areas.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher whenever outdoors and reapply often.
- For children, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- And remember, stay in the shade whenever possible.
For more information on sun safety measures and skin cancer prevention, visit the Monterey County Health Department website at www.mtyhd.org. More summer safety resources are available on the Department’s Summer Time Safety webpage.
|Contacts:||Lisa B. Hernandez, MD, MPH||Karen Smith, MPA|
|Interim Health Officer, 755-4585 or 755-8942||Public Information Officer, 755-4639|