Cook County Health Offers Sun Safety Tips

Elizabeth Pedersen, Cook County Health
Updated 7/5/2019 7:25 AM

Did you know that in as little as 15 minutes you could damage your skin from the sun?

With summer underway and vacations planned, it is important to protect yourself and your family from the ultraviolet (UV) rays that the sun emits. UV radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer.


The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so avoid exposure during those hours. If you are unable to avoid it, Cook County Health recommends these sun safety tips for residents:

1. Wear sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Be sure to reapply every two hours or after being in the water. Check to make sure that your sunscreen has not expired, as well.

2. Sit in the shade, if possible. If you are headed to beach, pack an umbrella.

3. Wear a hat with a wide brim.

4. Sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes and help reduce your risk of cataracts.

5. Cover up with clothing, including T-shirts and cover-ups.

6. Avoid tanning beds.

Lastly, children are especially sensitive to the sun, so pay them extra special attention. Babies who under six months should avoid any direct sunlight when possible.

If you think that you are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, schedule a screening with one of Cook County Health's dermatologists. Enjoy the warm summer months, but do not forget to protect yourself and your family first!

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