Earth Calendar for July 7th and July 8th

Jul 7, 2014

What’s your favorite outdoor activity? Whether it’s swimming, hiking, boating or fishing, don’t forget to protect your skin and eyes from the sun when you head outside to enjoy long summer days.

The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet rays. UV radiation is 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. UV levels will also be highest near surfaces that reflect sunlight, like water, snow and sand. Exposure to UV can cause sunburn, skin aging, eye damage and skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States. An estimated 1,540 Kentucky residents will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2014. But there’s good news: skin cancer and other effects of UV exposure are largely preventable.
July is UV Safety Month, a great time to brush-up on strategies for staying safe – and having fun! – in the sun. Check the UV Index, which provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun.  Wear sunscreen: Sunscreens with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 and higher provide protection by preventing UV radiation from reaching your skin. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, working or exercising outside. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have 100 percent UV protection. Check the label for the protection level.  And when you are outside, seek shade. Wear tightly woven clothing and a wide brimmed hat to reduce the amount of UV radiation coming into contact with your skin.  Learn more about UV safety from EPA’s SunWise program and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


On Our Calendar: Cincinnati Nature Center Preschool presents Chirpin’ At The Cabin, July 19th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm! Bring your kids for singing and dancing at the Abner Hollow Cabin with children's performer Zak Morgan! Enjoy music followed by activities in the Nature PlayScape. More information at the website.