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Protect Yourself in the Garden

Protect Yourself in the Garden

Sun, ultraviolet radiation, can start to burn unprotected skin within minutes. To help protect yourself before going into the garden, these tips are helpful:  When the UV level is three or above: 

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and a broad-brimmed hat.
  • Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to unprotected skin 20 minutes before going outside and reapply regularly.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses. Ultraviolet radiation may cause temporary blindness and an increased risk of cataracts.
  • Garden in the shade.
  • Avoid gardening during the hottest part of the day, which is about 11 am to 3 pm). Garden in the early morning or late afternoon. 

Source: Better Health