Today, the Friday before Memorial Day, is Don’t Fry Day!

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. The Council’s goal is to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn. It can also lead to more serious health problems including skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, cataracts and other eye damage, and immune system suppression. Children are particularly at risk.

Sun protection is not limited to a vacation. Protect yourself at work and every day. Before you head out to enjoy a sunny day, remember your volunteer days and do the following to stay safe in the sun.

✅ Sunscreen: Apply SPF 30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.

✅ Sunglasses, wide-brim hat, protective clothing: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and UPF or protective clothing when in the sun to protect from harmful rays

✅ Shade: When you are outside, seek shade from an umbrella, tree, or other shade structure. Use extra caution near surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays, such as water, sand, and snow

Watch the video below to learn more about sun safety. For more in depth information, read these Action Steps for Sun Protection published by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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