Top Tips for Sun Protection

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One of the biggest concerns for outdoor workers in the summer is their exposure to the sun. The sun provides many excellent benefits, including vitamin D. But it also can cause many adverse side effects, both short and long term. That’s why it is extremely important to stay safe from the sun, and we’re here to give you some tips on how.

 

  • The top tip we have that you’ve likely heard many times is to make sure you wear sunscreen. You’ll want to make sure you use SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself from most of the sun’s rays. Make sure you cover all of your exposed skin. This includes your face and neck. And do not forget to reapply sunscreen. Your skin uses up the active ingredients, so new sunscreen should be applied every two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing. Where your hair parts can get sunburned, too! A hat not only protects your head, but can help with your neck and eyes. Sunglasses are also key to sun protection. While pants and long sleeves are a good defense, they are often not feasible in the hot summer sun.
  • Try to keep to the shade. Letter carriers in particular are very likely to be outdoors when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Since this cannot be avoided, keep to the shade for some extra protection.
  • Pay extra attention if you work near water or sand. The sun reflects off these surfaces which can cause further damage to your skin. You may need to reapply sunscreen more often.
  • Take note of the UV index. Most weather websites will post the UV index. You can use this to plan your day. A higher UV index means higher damage likely from the sun, while a lower UV index means minor damage.

Sun protection is something that should be taken very seriously. Keep a close eye on your skin for any changes and report them to your doctor. Keep sunscreen with you while you’re working. MyPostalUniforms.com offers several options when it comes to sunscreen. Our sunscreen towelettes contain non-greasy sunscreen that is perspiration resistant. Each towelette covers commonly exposed areas of an average-sized adult. This item is portable and lightweight. The sunscreen dispenser system can be mounted at facilities and used on the way to a route.

Stay safe out there!

Staying Safe in the Sun

It’s Sun Safety Week!  Too much exposure to the sun has been linked to skin cancer.  With the warm months now in full swing, it’s important to take a few moments to make sure you stay safe in the sun. Here are a few sun protection tips to use while out in the sun.

Sun Safety Tip #1 – Keep hydrated throughout the hot days by drinking plenty of fluids.  Keep bottles of water close  at hand with a bottle clip.

Sun Safety Tip #2 – Wear a sun protection hat to protect head and face from harsh UV rays to stay cool.

Sun Safety Tip #3 – Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on exposed skin throughout the day. Remember to put sunscreen on oft forgotten spots such as ears, lips, even hair lines!

Sun Safety Tip #4 – If possible, try to stay in the shade.

Remember to apply these tips even on a cloudy day and in the winter months as well. To learn more about staying safe in the sun, check out www.sunsafetyalliance.org.




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