Sun Safety

Woman's silhouette standing with arms wide in front of a setting sun

Everyone loves soaking in the warm rays of the sun.  In fact, your body needs a little bit of sun to create Vitamin D.  But most of us stay out just a bit too long in our hot Florida sun. 

July 3 is National Stay Out of the Sun Day, so what better time to look at some good resources to learn about sun safety!

The top tips:

  • Wear sunscreen and reapply as time passes.
  • Wear sunglasses and cover up with a hat or shirt.
  • Don't forget your lips.  Pop on a balm with SPF 15
  • Find a shady spot during the strongest sun hours of the day (generally between 10 am - 4 pm).  

Why worry about sun safety:

  • Skin cancer and cataracts are serious consequences of too much ultraviolet (UV) light.  
  • Excess sun can damage your skin leading to wrinkles and aging.
  • Sunburns, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are no fun. Learn the difference from the CDC's Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

Other resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Sun Safety The CDC offers a brief explaination of how sunscreen works and provides sun safety tips that will help prevent skin cancer.

Nemours: Sun Safety for Parents: Information for parents to help protect their children and tips on treating sunburns.  

MedlinePlus: Skin Cancer: Learn about the most common types of skin cancer, risk factors, and treatments.

Mayo Clinic: Heatstroke: The Mayo Clinic defines the symptoms of heatstroke.  They also offer a guide on the more common Heat Exhaustion.  


The only extra sun we recommend is the library's collection of the Gainesville Sun online.  The collection offers a text-only version of the newspaper from 1995-present as well as an image version that started January 1, 2019.