Protect Yourself from the Sun Today and Every Day

Did you know Largo averages 246 sunny days a year? Our sunny climate means plenty of time outdoors enjoying Largo's nature and parks, and it also means sun safety is important. Before you head out today, be sure to stay sun-safe with the following tips.

How Can You be Safe in the Sun?
It’s quite easy to be safe when playing outside, with the simplest and most important thing to do being putting on sun screen. Make sure you put on a hat, or cover your skin. It’s the easy things like this that save your skin from harmful and painful damage caused by the sun when over-exposed.

What Damage Can the Sun Cause?
Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your body, with two common types of cancers. One being non-melanoma, and melanoma, which is by far the most dangerous and deadly skin cancer. This simple reason is enough to look after your skin and stay in the shade and be safe in the sun.

Who is Affected?
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Protecting Yourself Is Vital

  • Use a broad spectrum SPF (at least SPF 30) which protects against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Sunscreen lasts two to three years, so check the date
  • When applying sunscreen, be generous! One ounce (about a palmful) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face
  • Don’t forget your ears, hands, feet and underarms
  • Reapply at least every two hours. Apply more often if you’re in and out of water or sweating
Other Ways to Protect Yourself

In addition to sunscreen, don’t forget to:

  • Seek shade, especially from 10am – 4pm
  • Cover up with clothing
  • Ditch tanning beds or lamps
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear a hat
  • Cover up the kiddies, too!

Source:  American Cancer Society