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The UV Index Scale

by John M. White |

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The UV Index Scale By The Numbers

1 to 2:

Indicates a low risk of danger from the sun's harmful uv rays.

Look Out Below

Snow and water will reflect the sun's rays, including ultraviolet radiation, so swimmers and skiers need to be careful by wearing sunglasses or goggles and to apply sunscreen on exposed skin of at least 30 SPF.

3 to 5:

Indicates a moderate risk of harm from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

    Me And My Shadow

    One way to find out how much ultraviolet radiation exposure you are getting is to look at your shadow:

      6 to 7:

      High and indicates a high risk of harm from unprotected uv exposure.

        Made In The Shades

        Wearing a good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation, as well as protecting the lens in your eyes.

        8 to 10:

        An index reading of between 8 and 10 indicates a very high risk of harm for unprotected skin and eyes. Minimize your time in the sun, wear 30 SPF sunscreen, cover up, wear a hat and most important wear a good pair of sunglasses!

        Stay In The Game

              Be careful during outdoor activities and be aware that ultraviolet exposure is especially strong during the mid-day hours. Whether spectator or participant, cover up and protect yourself!

        11+:

              A UV Index reading of 11 or higher indicates an extreme risk of danger to skin and eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation.

        Beat The Heat

            While it is possible to work or play outdoors when the UV Index is at 11 or above be sure and wear sunglasses that will block 98-100% of those harmful ultraviolet radiation rays and use lots of sunscreen. Or a better choice might be to stay indoors with air conditioning and a good book rather than risk exposure to such harmful ultraviolet radiation.

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