Sun pro­tec­tion talk held at Kent Is­land li­brary

Record Observer - - Community - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — As part of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary sys­tem’s sum­mer events for chil­dren, 4-H Pro­gram As­sis­tant Sally Rosen­berry and Jen Her­lihy with Ann Arun­del Der­ma­tol­ogy hosted an in­for­ma­tional event about the im­por­tance of sun­screen on Wed­nes­day, July 13, at the Kent Is­land branch.

About 10 kids sat in the only air con­di­tioned room at the li­brary and in­ter­acted to Rosen­berry and Her­lihy, learn­ing tech­niques to help avoid get­ting bad sun burns. With mul­ti­ple bot­tles of sun screen vary­ing in sun pro­tec­tion fac­tors, Rosen­berry sug­gested never us­ing sun pro­tec­tion be­low SPF 15 as that is the low­est rec­om­mended sun screen to avoid get­ting burned.

Rosen­berry said when she and other adults were kids many peo­ple used baby oil and baked in the sun to tan. There were not as many sun­screen pro­tec­tion lev­els either, she saidf.

To avoid get­ting burnt in the sun, Her­lihy rec­om­mended ap­ply­ing one ounce of sun block to ex­posed skin when go­ing in the sun. The reap­pli­ca­tion of sun block is sug­gested ev­ery two hours.

“The key is to reap­ply, and I think that’s where peo­ple prob­a­bly for­get be­cause you get busy, you go swim­ming and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to come out,’ and that’s when you get sun burnt,” Her­lihy said.

Though sun­screen is a great way to pro­tect skin from the ul­tra vi­o­let rays from the sun, which is what causes sun burns, Rosen­berry said other mea­sures can be taken for skin pro­tec­tion. Sug­gested ad­di­tions to sun­screen in­clude hats with at least a three-inch brim, sun­glasses, pants and longsleeved shirts. Rosen­berry said cloths are avail­able now that have ul­tra vi­o­let con­tent to fur­ther block the rays.

To avoid be­ing at risk of sun burns, which they said can turn into blis­ters with liq­uid due to the sever­ity of the burn, take sun pro­tec­tion pre­cau­tions be­tween the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the sun reaches its high­est point be­tween those hours.

To con­clude the sun pro­tec­tion talk, Rosen­berry and Her­lihy handed out sup­plies and helped the group make beaded bracelets that change col­ors in the sun. The beads, orig­i­nally white, be­come darker as they are ex­posed to more ul­tra vi­o­let light. Test­ing their ul­tra vi­o­let ray in­di­ca­tor, the kids went out­side and moved back and forth from the sun to the shade to see the col­ors change.

“It’s all about safety, keep­ing your­self cov­ered in sun­screen and cloth­ing, but hav­ing fun also,” Her­lihy said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about events at the li­brary, visit www.qa­cli­brary.org.

PHOTO BY ELAINE CONWAY

Sally Rosen­berry, Queen Anne’s County 4-H pro­gram as­sis­tant, shines a mag­ni­fy­ing glass over the bracelet of Eliana Ranelli. Kids at the Kent Is­land li­brary event about sun pro­tec­tion cre­ated bracelets us­ing white beads that change col­ors in the sun de­pend­ing on ex­po­sure to ul­tra vi­o­let rays.

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