July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Published: Jun. 27, 2016 at 6:41 AM EDT
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July is UV Safety Awareness Month.

Carilion pediatrician Dr. Ryan Fulton says he sees lots of kids with sunburns this time of year.

He says to make sure kids are wearing sunscreen when they're outdoors, but it doesn't have to have the super high SPF values. Dr. Fulton says any SPF over 15 will work.

The American Cancer Society has four easy-to-remember tips for sun protection:

• Slip on a shirt.

• Slop on sunscreen.

• Slap on a hat.

• Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them

The American Cancer Society also suggests limiting your exposure to direct sunlight. This is particularly important between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when UV light is strongest.

If you are unsure how strong the sun’s rays are, use the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are the strongest, and it’s important to protect yourself.