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Summer 101: Sun and safety tips

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Temperatures are already spiking in the Central Valley. Although hiking, biking and outdoor sports are just a few of the ways you can enjoy this time of year, living a life of total health also requires some simple precautions to ensure you are keeping safe in the sun, says Dr. Ken Ellzey, assistant physician-in-chief at Kaiser Permanente Fresno.

Cover up

One of the best ways to be sun safe is to keep an eye on the clock. Try and avoid the sun altogether when the rays are strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use your shadow as a measure. If it's shorter than your height, it’s time to protect yourself from extended exposure.

If you’re going to be in direct sunlight, it is essential to wear hats and other protective clothing. Find a hat that has ventilation and a full brim, preferably three inches, to protect your head, face, ears, and neck. Use sunglasses with UV protection for the eyes and surrounding skin.

There are many shirts on the market vented for coolness, and designed for sun protection. T-shirts don't always offer the best protection; they have an SPF of 3 and are not as effective when wet. Choose opaque long-sleeved shirts with a dense weave and pants while outdoors...


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