Sunburn is a kind of radiation damage done by the sun. It’s by far the most common form of radiation damage. While most people know that radiation is dangerous, they voluntarily expose themselves to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun on a regular basis.
What is the UV Index
The UV index is a simplified measurement system for the sun’s damaging rays and a guideline to protection.
- 0-2 – Low Risk – minimal sun protection required (unless near water or snow). Wear sunglasses if bright.
- 3-5 – Moderate Risk – take precautions – wear sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, seek shade during peak hours of 11 am to 4 pm.
- 6-7 – High Risk – wear sun protective clothing, sunscreen, and seek shade.
- 8-10 – Avoid the sun – seek shade – wear sun protective clothing, sun screen & sunglasses. White sand increases UV radiation exposure.
- 11 + – Take full precautions. Unprotected skin can burn in minutes. Avoid the sun between 11 am and 4 pm, wear sunscreens & sun protective clothing.