How to stay safe in the sun

May 3, 2013

Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!

Remembering these four words can help you enjoy the summer months while keeping yourself safe from damaging UV rays. 

Staying safe in the sun doesn't mean you have to avoid sunlight completely, and it would be unwise to reduce your level of activity by avoiding the outdoors, because physical activity is important for good health. Too much sunlight, however, can be harmful. There are steps you can take to limit your exposure. 

Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun.

Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap! is a catch phrase that can help you remember four key steps to take to protect yourself.

SLIP on a shirt. SLOP on sunscreen. SLAP on a hat. WRAP on sunglasses.

Go to the American Cancer Society's website to take a Sun Safety Quiz and Learn valuable tips about sun safety.

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