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Arrow BulletWinter Sun Safety

You don't have to go south to get sunburned during the winter - UV rays are present even in winter.

Winter Sun Facts

  • Snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays, which bounce off the ground. This means that you can be burned in unusual areas such as under the chin.
  • The Atmosphere filters 4% fewer UV rays every 1000 feet above sea level.
  • The higher up the hill snowboarders and skiers are, the higher their risk of serious sunburn.

Winter Sun Prevention

  • Use a sunscreen and lip balm with UV protection with a SPF 15 or higher.
  • Wear a hat that protects the face, neck and ears.
  • Wear a long sleeved shirt even on warmer winter days.
  • Wear sunglasses, wrap-around goggles or a visor that provide 100% UV protection. The sun can burn unprotected eyes which can cause snow blindness.
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