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Stay Safe In The Sun

With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s the best time to go outside and have some summer fun! But it’s important that you know how to stay safe when you’re out in the sun on long, hot summer days.

The sun sends UV rays down to earth which we can’t see because they’re invisible, but they are definitely there. If you spend too much time outside without the right protection, you could be affected by harmful UV rays which can cause severe sunburn, premature aging and in some extreme cases, it can even lead to cataracts or skin cancer. So it’s vital that you know how to protect yourself when you’re enjoying the summer sun.

Wear Sun Cream

You should put on sun cream at least 15 minutes before you go outside and make sure you cover everywhere that is exposed to the sun. Try to use a sun cream with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number indicates how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned.

When You Go Outside And How Long You Stay Outside

The sun’s rays are strongest between 11.00am-3.00pm so during this time period try to take frequent breaks from the sun by going inside and grabbing a drink or moving into the shade.

Stay Hydrated

It’s not just the sun’s rays you need to be careful of, you also need to watch out for the sun’s heat. If you stay outside for a long period of time you might become dehydrated so make sure you take a bottle of water out with you or try to move into the shade as it will be slightly cooler in temperature.

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Posted on 17 June 2015

Posted in Advice for young people / Foster Caring

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