Sun Safety: What's New About the UV Index

Sun Safety: What’s New About the UV Index

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The weather has turned warm this week — so much so that the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning that the heat index could reach 104 on Monday.

When the weather gets hot — and because temperatures have been so mild for most of this summer — it’s probably a good idea to have a reminder about the importance of being sun-safe. This is from the American Cancer Society and USA.gov:

  • Always wear sunscreen: Make sure it offers “broad spectrum” protection, is water resistant, and has a SPF of at least 15 or higher.

  • Limit sun exposure: If possible, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when its rays are strongest.

  • Don’t forget your eyes: Wear sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA protection

The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies from skin cancer each hour. Protect yourself! For information on sun safety and more, check out USA.gov.

For more information and resources, visit the Kane County Health Department web pages.