Earth Calendar for July 23rd and July 24th

Jul 23, 2012

The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation is at its highest when and where the sun’s rays are the strongest. This means that UV levels will be highest around noon on a clear sunny day, as well as during the summer months. UV levels will also be highest near surfaces that reflect sunlight, such as water, snow and sand. Exposure to UV can cause sunburn, skin aging, skin cancer and eye damage.  Between 2002 and 2006, the rate of melanoma skin cancer diagnoses in Kentucky was 14 percent higher than the national average. In 2009, an estimated 1,260 Kentucky residents were diagnosed with melanoma.  July is UV Safety Month.  Stay safe in the sun by wearing sunscreens with SPF 15 and above by preventing UV radiation from reaching your skin.  Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have 100 percent UV protection and work and play in the shade: When you are outside, wear tightly woven clothing and a wide brimmed hat to reduce the amount of UV radiation coming into contact with your skin. Remember that pets need shade, too.   Before you head outside, check the UV Index at this website.

On Our Calendar:  Cool Critters Come to Butler County’s  Forest Run with Lane Public Library on July 25th!  Visit Forest Run to enjoy an informational program that will include lots of reptiles. This Cool Critters Outreach Rescue Organization program educates kids and adults on responsible pet ownership. HANDS ON EXPERIENCE WITH REAL REPTILES July 25th, 1:00 pm.  Information at MetroParks of Butler County 513-867-5835. Forest Run MetroPark is located at New London Road @ Timberman Rd.