Having the aquatic skills, and being safe in and around the water is great, but there is another thing to be aware of, and that's the sun and UV. Here are some sun and UV safety tips below for you from the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Recent medical research shows that it is important to protect children and young adults from overexposure to UV radiation. For babies under 6 months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends(1) avoiding sun exposure, and (2) dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats. Parents can also apply sunscreen (SPF 15+) to small areas like the face and back of the hands if protective clothing and shade are not available.
In response to the serious public health threat posed by overexposure to UV radiation, EPA is working with schools and communities across the nation through the SunWise Program. SunWise is an environmental and health education program that teaches children how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.
To learn more about UV radiation, the action steps for sun protection, and the SunWise Program, call EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Information Hotline at 800.296.1996, or visit their Web site at www.epa.gov/sunwise .