Block the Sun, Not the Fun – A Message on Sun Safety from RHA Safety Director Carla Brown

It’s the time of the year to get outside and enjoy those long, warm summer days.  Whether you are visiting a park, attending a ball game, or even just sitting in the backyard, here are some practical measures you can take to avoid sunburn this season:

  • Generously apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes prior to going outside.
  • Make sure to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours.
  • Limit time spent in direct sunlight; sunburn can occur after as little as 11 minutes of direct UV exposure.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as these terrains can reflect damaging UV rays and increase the chance of sunburn.
  • Drink plenty of water, sport drinks, or other liquids to ensure proper hydration.
  • Pay close attention to medication warnings, as some medications may increase the risk of sunburn.
  • Pay attention throughout the day; areas that were once shaded can become exposed to the sun quickly.

Individuals with IDD may have difficulty communicating their discomfort or recognizing the signs of sunburn, making it essential to provide them with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves adequately. By sharing these sun safety tips with the people we serve, we empower them to take proactive measures to safeguard their health and well-being during outdoor activities, promoting their overall quality of life. Stay safe out there!