Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. As temperatures rise and outdoor activities increase do not forget sun safety awareness over the holiday and throughout the year.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. Whether you are headed to the beach or the backyard, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. The following tips can help:

  • Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it is cloudy. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Wear light-weight, sun-protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants also protect the skin.
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.
  • Wide-brimmed hats help shade your neck and face but do not offer complete protection. Use sunscreen on these sensitive areas.

Sun damage accumulates and occurs even when you are not actively trying to soak up a few rays. Whether you are walking the dog or mowing the lawn, sun damage adds up over time. Newborns and children are especially sensitive to the sun’s rays. Protecting their skin is crucial.

Family cookouts are a Memorial Day tradition. Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill with these precautions:

  • Keep children and pets away. Establish a 3-foot “Kid Free Zone” around your grill.
  • Remove grease or fat from the grill tray so it does not flame up.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Use your grill outdoors only. Keep it away from your home, deck furniture and overhanging branches that might catch fire.

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