July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your
skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection. Make
a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.
Prolonged UV Exposure
Every time you go outside during daylight hours, you are exposed to UV
rays. A quick walk down the driveway to the mailbox probably won't
do any short term damage. But prolonged exposure can have several consequences:
Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive. Skin damage:
Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.
Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure have been linked to skin cancer.
How can I keep from getting burned?
Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by: Using Sunscreen: Experts recommend
using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes
before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its effectiveness
after 2 hours (Always read the directions). Make sure to bring sunscreen
when you are planning a day outside. Protective Clothing: Wide-brimmed
hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in
SPF protection. Don't forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your
eyes.Shade: The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during
the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.
What is the hottest time of the day?
While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day
is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can
still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect
yourself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside your
climate-controlled environment. Make sure your home stays cool this summer.
Call The Plumbing Works, in Reading, PA, at (610) 440-3555to schedule
an A/C tune-up today.