As the weather heats up and summer is in full swing, it’s no secret that people will spend more time outdoors. That makes July the perfect month for UV Safety Awareness Month! The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of the dangers of UV rays and why it’s vital to protect our skin and eyes. Whether lounging at the pool, vacationing at the beach, or simply going for a walk, we are encouraged to wear sunscreen to protect our skin and sunglasses or a hat to protect our eyes. In addition to these steps, you should consider investing in UV blocking window film for indoor protection. It’s important to truly understand the harm that UV rays can cause and take proper action to protect yourself!
The Dangers of UV Rays
According to the CDC, ultraviolet radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation that can come from the sun, as well as other artificial sources like tanning beds. Too much exposure to UV rays can lead to numerous health issues. In the short term, overexposure to UV rays can result in sunburn, which is painful. However, long-term effects include premature aging and, even worse, cancer. In fact, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Not to mention the most deadly skin cancer, melanoma, is most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays.
In addition to damaging your skin, UV rays can also harm your eyes. Because the skin on your eyelid is the thinnest skin on your body, UV damage can increase dryness and wrinkles. In addition, it can even impact your vision, as prolonged exposure can result in corneal damage, macular degeneration, and cataracts down the line.
How to Protect Your Skin & Eyes from UV Rays
- Wear sunscreen every day
- Put on a wide brim hat when outdoors
- Use sunglasses that block UV rays
- Seek shade when possible
The Truth About UV Rays
The unfortunate truth about UV rays is that they can wreak havoc indoors as well as outside. Just like UV rays are harmful to our skin and our eyes, they can also cause irreversible damage to items in homes and offices. In fact, when the sun enters in through windows, it brings UV rays with it. As a result, hardwood flooring, furniture, and artwork will all fade due to prolonged UV exposure.
Furthermore, they aren’t just harmful to furnishings. They can also harm our skin and eyes, even when we are inside! While we’re constantly reminded to wear sunscreen and take steps to protect ourselves before a long beach day, we also need to remember that protection matters when we’re inside too! How can you protect your property and people from UV rays indoors? Enter UV blocking window film.
UV Blocking Window Film: Protect Belongings & Occupants
3M Window Film can be applied to homes and offices and rejects up to 99.9% UV rays! The films’ UV rejecting abilities can protect and extend the life of furnishings, flooring, and artwork. Not to mention, it can even protect occupants’ skin indoors. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window film as an effective UV protectant. In addition to UV rejection, 3M Window Film products offer various other benefits such as heat rejection, lower energy bills, and increased comfort. See the difference that 3M Window Films make in protecting against UV rays here.
During UV Safety Awareness Month, take some time to learn about the dangers of UV rays and the steps you can take to prevent damage and protect yourself. Wear sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, and protect people and property with UV blocking window film!
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