Summer is a favorite amongst our youth. Summer means no school and long days for fun. Before you head out in the heat, here are some safety tips to help keep your little ones and families safe.

If you must be out in the sun, Cover up! Sounds counterintuitive but long-sleeved shirts and light weight pants and  shorts can provide protection from the UV rays.  Clothing is one of the best ways to protect you from the sun. Remember to wear a hat, a full-brimmed hat is recommended, but if you only have a cap be sure to use sunscreen to protect your exposed areas.

Don’t forget your eyes! Use sunglasses to shield your eyes and sensitive skin around your eyes from harmful UV rays. Look for sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection.

Hosting an outdoor event? Ensure you have adequate shade your participants or guests. Summer events and activities are fun and great way to get active, however keep in mind the time of day you will be hosting.
If you have to be out in peak UV hours, (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) make sure to allow for frequent breaks and provide activities for participants to do in the shade. NB3FIT tries to keep programming in the mornings or late evenings out of peak UV hours.

Sunscreen! Probably the most common known form of sun protection should always be used when headed outdoors regardless of the season. Keep in mind, sunscreen works best when you used along with the other forms of protection listed above. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays is best. The SPF (sun protection factor) of a sunscreen rates how well it blocks out UV rays. Choose spf 30 or higher and reapply frequently as it does wear off especially in sweat and in water. Like foods, sunscreen has an expiration date, be sure to check before you apply. Remember regardless of skin color, everyone needs to practice sun safety. Everyone is at risk for skin damage from the sun, so cover up and use sunscreen!

There was a recent recall on sunscreens and skin products, so it is always best to consult your child’s pediatrician for health provider for advice on sunscreen use.