Fourth of July Sun Safety

by SKHC Editor on July 3, 2012

This Fourth of July, or Independence Day, marks the 236th anniversary of the United States’ freedom.  In July 1776 the estimated population was 2.5 million.  Now, 236 years later the estimated population is 313.9 million.  That’s a lot of people and chances are many of them will find themselves celebrating outside, which means potential for a lot of sun exposure.

It’s important that you protect yourself, especially during midday hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  Stay in the shade as much as possible and wear light-colored clothing and a hat to protect your skin.  Take the time to apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.  Speaking of UVA and UVB, wear sunglasses that block as close to 100% of these rays as possible.

You’ll be thankful you did these simple things to avoid sunburn.  No one wants to spend their Fourth of July needing sun burn relief.



Mary Lou July 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

This article by the School Health Kids editor covers such an important issue that I do not feel it can be discussed too much. Skin protection from the sun, particularly in children, is imperative each and every day. Children are particularly susceptible to sun damage because their skin cells are dividing very fast so they are more vulnerable to spreading abnormal skin cells if they develop. One blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles the chance that a person will develop skin cancer later in life. A website with great programs promoting sun protection for children is It has clever ideas for schools like “Don’t Fry Days” and offers free activity packets for schools to implement its lesson plans and activities.

megan July 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Parents really need to protect their kids when they are young from the sun to prevent future problems.

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