What A High UV Index Means For You

I’m not sure if you have noticed but the UV index here in Denver has been in the High range for the last several days. A lot of people don’t pay attention to this, however, today I will tell you why it’s a good idea to.

The UV scale measures how high the ultra-violet rays are at any given time. Ultra-violet rays is the damaging rays coming from the sun. UV rays can cause skin cancer and cataracts, if you’re not fully protected. The scale ranges from 0 to 11+. Here are the measurements for each category:

  • 0-2: Low
  • 3-5: Moderate
  • 6-7: High
  • 8-10: Very High
  • 11+: Extreme

In Denver the UV index has been at 9, which means we are in the Very High range and are at high risk of harm for unprotected eyes and skin. A couple of things to keep in mind in the Very High range is; try to stay inside between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you need to be outdoors try and stay in the shade and wear protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. There are a lot of clothing now that has SPF in the material. Be sure to apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours. If you’re swimming reapply after you have dried off, even if it hasn’t been 2 hours.

Some people think because you can’t see UV rays it won’t hurt you, unfortunately that’s just not the case. Be kind to your skin, you only get one set of skin and believe me when I tell you, you’ll thank yourself as you get older.

It’s even a great idea to protect your skin when you’re inside, how can you do this? There’s a couple of ways. One way is to put sunscreen on. A second way to protect your skin is to have house window film installed. They’re are so many benefits to window film. Visit our window film page to read all about these great benefits.

To read more about the ranges on the UV index go to the United States Environmental Protection Agency website.