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UV Light Exposure Safety

by Ron Augustine
  • Overview

    Ultraviolet (UV) light can be very dangerous if taken in large amounts. If you are going to be exposed to the sun or any other UV rays, take the appropriate safety precautions.
  • Clothing

    Sun hats have very large brims that act as shade in the sun. If you wear long sleeves, the skin on your arms will avoid the burn of UV rays, but if it's a hot day, long clothes may be uncomfortable.
  • Shade

    If you're doing work outside, try to create some sort of shade for yourself so you won't have to endure the sun's UV rays. Canopies are a safe idea if you're grilling or cleaning the pool.
  • Sunscreen

    If you know that you're going to be in direct exposure to the sun, wear sunscreen. This will protect against sunburn, and the later possibility of skin cancer.
  • Sunglasses

    UV light may also do damage to eyes if they are not properly protected. If you're doing things outside on a sunny day, always wear sunglasses that have UV protection.
  • Unnatural UV

    Fluorescent lamps may emit a lower level of UV rays than the sun, but enduring a long exposure to black or fluorescent lights may expose your body to a small amount of mercury. Try to avoid spending long periods of time under fluorescent lights.

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