What is the UV Index?
Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause immediate effects, such as sunburn, and long-term problems, such as skin cancer and cataracts. The UV Index, which was designed by the National Weather Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun's rays.
The UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun. The Index predicts UV intensity levels on a scale of 1 to 11+, where 1 indicates a low risk of overexposure and 11+ signifies an extreme risk.
By taking a few simple precautions daily, you can greatly reduce your risk of sun-related illnesses. Consider taking the following steps daily:
- Do Not Burn
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Wear Protective Clothing, Including a Hat, Sunglasses, and Full-Length Clothing
- Seek Shade
- Use Extra Caution near Water, Snow and Sand
- Watch for the UV Index
- Get Vitamin D Safely
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency