FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SUN SAFETY TIPS

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Avoid the Summer Time Blues

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

June 11, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.

Plan your sun protection using these tips:

  •  Seek shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim that shades your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/what-is-skin-cancer.htm)
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

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*Note: The information in this column was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.