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Nurse's Notes

School Nurse
Go Ahead and Have Fun In The Sun, But Be Wise About It.                                                                            
Remember to use sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy days the rays from the sun can cause damage to our skin. Use a sunscreen of at least a SPF of 15 or higher. Apply the sunscreen 10 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 ½ hours or sooner if perspiring or participating in water activities.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat and lip balm. Wearing a wide brim hat protects your scalp, ears, face and the back of your neck. Use a lip balm with SPF 15+ to protect your lips.

Wear sunglasses. Rays from the sun can damage your eyes causing cataracts. When purchasing sunglasses make sure they block at least 90% of UVA and UVB rays.

Cover up! Wear light-weight long sleeve shirts and pants if possible when working outside. Darker clothing with a tight weave can provide the most protection.  Wearing swim shirts when participating in water activities can also protect one’s skin from harmful rays.

Limit your time in the midday sun. UV rays are the strongest and most damaging from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One trick you can use is to look for your shadow. If you don’t see your shadow- seek cover.

Take cover. Find activities that do not involve direct exposure to the sun. Use a tree or ramada to provide shade or choose an activity that is inside a gym, library or classroom during peak UV exposure time.

Check the daily UV index. Did you know that you can check your city’s level of UV rays each day? The level of UV rays is based on a scale from 1 to 10. The higher the UV number the more you need to be careful. A day with a reading of 10 requires more protection than a rating of 1. Click on NWS (National Weather Service) and under the heading of Weather Safety to see your city’s daily UV index rating.

Avoid sun lamps and tanning booths. These artificial light sources can cause as much damage as the sun’s rays. There is no safe tan. When you get a tan, skin damage has occurred.


This publication is provided by a Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant from the CDC

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