On June 27, a registered nurse from HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals will be at area pools to share free summer safety tips, sunscreen, sunglasses and bottled water at 1 p.m. at Bernard F. Willi Pool, Chippewa Falls (Bridgewater Ave.) and at 2:30 p.m. at Fairfax Pool, Eau Claire (4200 Fairfax Street, Eau Claire).
As the first days of summer come to pass, these visits are designed to remind community members of the importance of sun safety during the hot summer months. To stay safe in the sun, the two hospitals recommend these simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Sunscreen expires in one to two years. Check your bottle!
• Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside.
• Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen after swimming.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
• Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the U.S. – regardless of cost – meet this standard.
• Seek shade, especially during the midday hours. You can reduce your risk of skin damage/skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter before you need relief from the sun.