Sun protection talk held at Kent Island library
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.
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.