Stay safe in the summer sun

Jun 22, 2020


Summer is right around the corner. The kids are home, families are out in the hay field, and Saturdays are spent in the pool. While managing all these and more, it’s so easy to let sun protection slip through the cracks. This summer, however, remember to keep every member of the family protected from the sun to prevent skin cancer, painful sunburns, and sun poisoning.
  1. Cover up
We all want that beautiful summer glow by the end of the season, but is it worth the risk? Make sure to cover your arms, shoulders, tops of ears, tops of feet, and other exposed skin if you’re going to be in the sun more than briefly. Add a floppy hat and breathable long-sleeve shirt to the outfit rotation this summer to save your skin.
 
  1. Don’t forget
We rarely forget sunscreen when packing a bag for a pool day, but why do we not remember it when preparing to work cattle or load hay? This summer make a point to use sunscreen every day. Encourage your farm helpers to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin throughout the day. Try to use a sweat-resistant product and reapply as directed. Also choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum with at least SPF 30.
 
  1. Avoid exposure when you can
If you can help it, keep yourself out of direct sunlight. Can you sit by the pool in the shade? Consider adding an umbrella to your patio table. Can you move the livestock working chute inside to avoid direct sun? Simple adjustments can make a big difference.
 
Enjoy this summer and stay safe.
 
 
 

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