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Safety Nugget for Week of May 25 - Don't Fry Day< Back to Blog

May 29, 2015
By: M. Simms
Categories: Safety

Don’t Fry Day

I love being out in the sun!  Whether it’s gardening, swimming, or just sitting out on my deck, I could spend hours every day outside in the sun.  However, on a recent trip to South Padre Island, Texas, I was reminded how powerful the sun is.  A day spent at the beach turned me into a bright red lobster.  This lobster effect made my next several days miserable.  So I started to do some research about sun safety.

The Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015 is “Don’t Fry Day”.  To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, The National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

They provided some great reminders regarding protecting your skin from overexposure to the sun.  Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do not burn or tan
  • Seek shade
  • Wear sun-protective clothing if possible
  • Generously apply sunscreen
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand
  • Get Vitamin D safely

Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States.  The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million cases of basal cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you are outdoors – slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses.  

For more tips on protecting your family in the sun, go to www.skincareprevention.org.

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