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Protection from the sun

During outdoor activities such as swimming, it is important to protect yourself from harmful effects
of sun exposure, including skin cancer and sunburn. Although not painful like a sunburn, a suntan is
also a sign that damage from UV rays has occurred and should be avoided.
  •  Stay in the shade as much as possible, especially during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest.
  • Use clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection to shield all areas of the body from the sun. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and if skin gets wet.


For more information:

    CDC: Travelers’ Health: Sun Exposure 
    CDC: Skin Cancer: How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun?                                         
    Center for a Healthy Maryland: Skin Cancer Prevention, Maryland Skin Cancer            Prevention Program
    SunGuard Man Online (includes educational and health promotion materials)
    EPA: Sun Safety 
    National Environmental Education Foundation: SunWise (Tool kit  for educators)
    EPA: Facts about Skin Cancer, Maryland 
    CDC: Skin Cancer​  
     Back to Healthy and Safe Water in Maryland​