Sun Safety Tips
Apply early and often – For children six months and older (as well as adults), be sure to apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to ensure you are getting full-spectrum protection. It’s also important to apply about 15-30 minutes before sun exposure so it can absorb into the skin and decrease the likelihood of it being washed off. We recommend reapplying about every two hours and any time after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel.
Wear clothing that covers – Dress yourself and your kids in protective clothing. There are many sun-protective styles that are great in covering the neck, elbows and knees. We suggest wearing darker colors and thicker fabrics, as well as topping off any sun-safe outfit with a hat with a forward facing brim.
Be mindful of shade – Contrary to popular belief, you can, in fact, get burned while sitting in the shade. This is because light is scattered and reflected, so even though you are getting relief from heat, it does not provide the UVR protection that is needed.
Put up a fence – If your house has a swimming pool, fencing of at least four feet surrounding all sides of the pool and doors that close and lock by themselves is a pool safety necessity. This will keep your tykes out of the pool when you’re not around, but it is also important to train your kids so they know never to go near the water without an adult.
Take a class – Be prepared for any scenario by attending a CPR class and getting certified. Parents that are knowledgeable about water safety skills are extremely important because you can never be too careful around water.
Never leave grill unattended – An adult should always be standing by the grill when it’s on or in use, so little ones don’t touch it and burn themselves severely. The sun isn’t the only thing hot in the summer!
Follow these summer safety tips, and you and your family will have the exciting and fun filled summer you planned for. Be sure to visit SOS Survival Products to stock up on all your summer safety supplies and ensure that your family enjoys the warm weather responsibly!