Under the Sun: Sensible Sunning

Protect yourself when you’re out in the garden.

| August/September 1996

  • Garden in the early morning, late afternoon and evening, avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. if possible.
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and a bandanna around your neck when you’re outside for long periods.
  • Damaging ultraviolet sun rays can penetrate cloud cover. Even in a shady spot, you can be burned by reflections of sunlight off water, snow, sand, buildings, roadways and other sources. You can even be burned through light clothing, especially if it’s wet.
  • The risk of sun damage increases at high elevations and in tropical locations.
  • Be especially careful to protect your children from sunburn. One severe, blistering sunburn before the age of eighteen doubles a person’s likelihood of developing skin cancer later in life.
  • Wear a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher if you must be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Reapply it according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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