Sometimes teenagers stress over finding the perfect stars and stripes outfit for July 4th. Also, for the fourth of July, many families observe a firework show or have large family gatherings. When having these entertaining family get-togethers, protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is vital, especially on the fourth of July, but also all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays can also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most dangerous for UV exposure in the United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during late spring and early summer in North America.
Easy Options for Protecting Yourself from UV Radiation
(Provided by the CDC):
• Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
• Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
• Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
• Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
• Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection