Pool Safety – Take Precaution with Sun Exposure

Pool Safety Includes Limiting your Exposure to the Sun’s UV Radiation

Getting some sunlight can actually be healthy, and fun too, especially when you are splashing around in your swimming pool.  However, when the sun it at its hottest, its ultraviolet (UV) radiation can give you a painful sunburn.  Overexposure can also increase your risk at acquiring some serious health problems such as premature aging, skin cancer, and eye damage.

Pool Safety – Understanding Sun Exposure and UV Ratingspool safety - sun exposure

In order to determine how strong the UV radiation is, an international standard measurement was developed by EPA and the National Weather Service.  Known as the UV index, this is a scale that tells the UV radiation strength from low (1) to extremely high (11+).  This is used to provide daily public forecasts so that people can take the appropriate precautions to avoid overexposure to the harmful UV radiation, particularly as it relates to pool safety.

UV Rating and Recommended Protection

0-2    minimal: hat
3-4    low: hat and sunscreen with at least SPF 15
5-6    moderate: hat, sunscreen with at least SPF 15, and taking shade when possible
7-9    high: hat, sunscreen with at least SPF 15, taking shade when possible, advised to remain indoors from 10am to 4 pm
10+    very high: hat, sunscreen with at least SPF 15, taking shade when possible, advised to remain indoors from 10am to 4 pm, remain indoors if possible

Sunburn Time

The UV ratings also tell just how little time it takes to get sunburned when you are exposed to the sun.  This information is especially helpful for pool safety.
0-4    more than 1 hour
4-7    30 minutes
7-9    20 minutes
9+    less than 15 minutes

Keep in mind that you do not necessarily have to constantly look into what the current UV ratings are in your area to tell you the necessary steps  you should take. Wherever you are and whatever time of the day, it is important that you take the initiative to take precaution. Some of the things that you can do include wearing wraparound sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face and neck, sunscreen (waterproof for pool safety), protective clothing for your body, and taking shade whenever possible.

Enjoy your pool but the staff of Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches encourages you to keep pool safety in mind whenever you are pool side.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about pool safety or click here.

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