Safe Sun Habits

The Shadow Rule is an easy way to judge how intense the sun’s UV radiation is. When your shadow is longer than you are is the safest time to be protected from the sun. When your shadow is shorter than your are, the sun is intense and safe sun habits are needed. Following the shadow rule is guaranteed to keep you sun burn free!

ABCS of Sun Protection

  • A Away Stay away from the sun in the middle of the day
  • B Block Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
  • C Cover up Wear a T Shirt and Hat if you’re going to be outside during the middle of the day

Things you should do

  • Plan outdoor activities to avoid the sun’s strongest rays which are between 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun.
  • Wear sunglasses that are UVA UVB protected
  • Wear protective covering such as hats with broad brims, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts to reduce sun exposure. Dark colors are best because they are more absorbent and less reflective than light colors. Dry clothing is more protective than wet.
  • Remember snow water and sand reflect UV rays. Clouds do not dampen UV light either. Sunscreen is not waterproof. Don’t forget to apply, reapply after a few hours and to have fun!

American Cancer Society Sun Protective Message