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Sun safety reminders for UV Safety Awareness Month

UV Safety Awareness Month is held during summer in July when most of us spend more time outside — so here’s your reminder to protect yourself from the sun.

A girl getting splashed with water at a public pool

The Monon Community Center Waterpark is recommended by The City Moms for summertime fun.

Photo by @thecitymoms

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July is a month when you’re probably spending more time outdoors — whether you’re biking, hiking, or lounging by the pool — but did you know July is also UV Safety Awareness Month.

Here’s your friendly reminder to reapply your sunscreen.

Sun safety things to know

  • SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor + the number tells you how long the sun’s UV rays would take to darken your skin vs. the amount of time without any sunscreen.
  • The higher the UV index value, the greater the potential for damage to the skin and eyes.
  • The CDC recommends the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and SPF 30 to 50 for use when spending longer time outdoors.
  • The sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where to get free sunscreen

  • Shade might be limited while walking around the state fairgrounds. Visit guest services to receive information about events, concessions, and free sunscreen.
  • Spending the day at Holiday World? It’s known for providing bottles of free sunscreen in front of the restroom buildings in Splashin’ Safari and other locations around the amusement park.
  • Freedom Springs Aquatic Park in Greenwood offers free sunscreen.
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