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What You Need to Know About UV Index

What You Need to Know About UV Index

Do you know what you are looking for in a weather report?  Well it goes beyond chance of showers and the temperature.  You should also be paying attention to the UV index.  Ultraviolet radiation is: UV radiation a type of electromagnetic radiation which comes from the sun and is unseen by the human eye. UV rays and can still be damaging to your skin on a cloudy day. According to the EPA (Environmental protection Agency) by learning how to read the UV index scale you can help avoiding exposure to harmful UV radiation.  

What Each Level Means

Low 0 to 2 – Low danger from the sun’s UV rays

  • Sunglasses

  • Protect your skin by wearing SPF 30 Sunscreen

  • Beware of surfaces that reflect UV rays (sand, water, snow) as they can increase exposure

Moderate 3 to 5 – Moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure

  • Stay in the shade when the sun is at its highest around noon.

  • Skin protection & eye protection needed.

  •  When outdoors try to wear protective clothing (clothing, UV blocking sunglasses)

  • Beware of surfaces that reflect UV rays (sand, water, snow) as they can increase exposure

High 6 to 7 – High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure; eye protection & skin protected needed

  • Try to reduce your time in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Wear protective clothing, skin protection and eye protection

  • Apply a 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, including cloudy days, after sweating, and after swimming.   

  • Beware of surfaces that reflect UV rays (sand, water, snow)       

  • When outdoors try to wear protective clothing (clothing, UV blocking sunglasses)

Very High 8 to 10 – High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure

  • Try to reduce your time in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • When outdoors try to wear protective clothing (clothing, UV blocking sunglasses)

  • Apply a 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, including cloudy days, after sweating, and after swimming.   

  • Beware of surfaces that reflect UV rays (sand, water, snow)       

Extreme 11 or More – Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure

  • Try to reduce your time in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Apply a 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, including cloudy days, after sweating, and after swimming.  

  • Beware of surfaces that reflect UV rays (sand, water, snow)

  • When outdoors try to wear protective clothing (clothing, UV blocking sunglasses)

  • See Original information at https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-scale-1

According to skincancer.org to cover your protection from the UV spectrum you should plan to wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher. The higher the SPF the more protected your skin will be from harmful UV rays. Protection from UV rays can’t be solved by wearing sunscreen alone, there are other preventative measures that people should be taking to make sure that they stay protected.  

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