The best line of defense against harmful ultra-violet radiation (UVR) is to avoid sun exposure by covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible and limit your sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Wear a hat with a three-inch brim that is facing forward, always wear sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and clothing with a tight weave.
On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Be sure to apply enough sunscreen -- about one ounce per application for a young adult.
Always reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.
Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
Never leave children alone in or near water, even for a moment. Remember close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to avoid drowning.
Less experienced swimmers and children under age 5 should always be supervised by an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR.
Never swim alone. Always remember good swimmers need buddies!
Designate a "water watcher" when you are in, on or around water.
Drowning can be quick and quiet, therefore, the water watcher must pay constant attention, remain undistracted, not be involved in any other activity such as reading, playing cards or be on the phone, while supervising children, even if a lifeguards is present.
Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.