July is UV safety month. The sun gives off radiation in the form of ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation is at its highest when and where the sun's rays are the strongest, which is during the summer months here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. On a clear, sunny day, UV levels will be the highest around Noon. We all know we should wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, but there are other things you can do to stay safe in the sun. The sun's UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so avoid spending a prolonged amount of time outdoors during that time. Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect sun, which can cause you to burn faster. Wear protective clothing, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses. And finally check the UV index. You can do that by
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