• Snow?

    weather conditionsWhile most of the country is out camping, hiking, at the beach, or playing Spring Sports, it is still winter-like weather in parts of the country.

    According to Colorado Public Radio and the Weather Service, Colorado height received 4 Feet of snow In some places and have issued Avalanche Warnings For Mountains this past weekend.

    Be Weather Ready, Spring can be Surprising!

    Be sure you have your poncho ready, keep that winter preparedness gear in your car if you are anywhere above sea level, and throw in the sunblock as well!

    Spring hazards include:

    • Severe Weather/Tornadoes
    • Floods
    • Lightning
    • Tsunamis
    • Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
    • Heat
  • Melanoma: Rates have doubled, but hope is on the horizon ??

    Melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011 but comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs could prevent 20 percent of new cases between 2020 and 2030, according to this month’s CDC Vital Signs report.


    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. More than 90 percent of melanoma skin cancers are due to skin cell damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. Melanoma rates increased from 11.2 per 100,000 in 1982 to 22.7 per 100,000 in 2011. The report notes that without additional community prevention efforts, melanoma will continue to increase over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030. The annual cost of treating new melanoma cases is projected to nearly triple from $457 million in 2011 to $1.6 billion in 2030.

    “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s on the rise,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and clothes that cover your skin. Find some shade if you’re outside, especially in the middle of the day when the dangerous rays from the sun are most intense, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen.”

  • Don’t Fry Day

    Know the importance of skin cancer prevention and sun-safety behaviors.

    Today is Don’t Fry Day.

    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day: Protect your skin today and every day.

    Millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.

    The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. We have named the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide-brimmed hats.

    What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:

    1. Do Not Burn
      Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
    2. Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
      Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-tanning product instead.
    3. Cover Up
      Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    4. Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
      Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    5. Generously Apply Sunscreen
      Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    6. Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
      Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    7. Check the UV Index
      The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online at:

    Get Vitamin D Safely
    Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.

    Download the informational poster. DFD

  • Choose Your Cover

    July is UV Safety Month - have you been covering up?

    We discussed the efficacy of Natural Sunscreen in our recent article Are Natural Sunscreens and Insect Repellents Effective?, so you know now that natural or chemical is really just a matter of personal preference - they all work... but which will you choose?

    The CDC reminds to "Protect the skin you’re in." Each year, approximately one million
    skin cancers are detected. Scientists believe that reducing exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can decrease the risk of skin cancer.

    Americans want to know how they can protect their skin while still having fun outdoors.

    Meteorologists can play an important role in giving Americans the information they need to protect themselves from UV rays year-round.

    This article offers information you can use to protect yourself from the sun.

    Choose Your Cover
    More and more people are looking for ways to protect themselves from the sun’s UV rays. Fortunately, there are many year-round options to protect one’s

    skin. So learn these sun-protection tips:

    Rub It On
    Remember to bring sunscreen everywhere, not just to the pool or beach. Many burns occur when outdoor activities last longer than expected. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, generously apply it 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it frequently throughout the day, especially after swimming or exercise. For people who don’t like lotions, there are other varieties: creams, gels, wipes, and sprays.

    Avoiding the sun during the midday hours provides the best defense against skin cancer. However, if you can’t avoid the midday sun, remember that choosing  a cover can protect the skin you’re in

    Seek Shade 
    Whenever possible, avoid the midday sun when UV rays are the strongest and do the most damage. When you’re outdoors, trees, beach umbrellas, or tents are good sources of shade. Use these options to prevent a burn, not after you need relief. If you can’t avoid the midday sun or find shade, at least try to take a break from the sun during the day.

    Shield Your Skin
    When you’re enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, it’s important to shield your skin. A
    shirt, beach cover-up, or pants with a tight weave are all good choices for cover. Keep in mind, however, that a typical T-shirt usually has an SPF that is much lower than the recom­mended SPF 15. So add some shade or sunscreen — especially if your clothes don’t completely cover your skin.

    Grab Your Shades
    Grabbing a pair of shades is more than cool, it’s also the best way to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Sunglasses protect the tender skin around the eyes and reduce the risk of devel­oping cataracts. For maximum protection, look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. And try wrap-around lenses, which keep UV rays from sneaking in at the sides.

    Use Your Head
    Not all sun protection comes in a bottle. So it’s smart to use your head when you’re out in the sun. Up to 80 percent of skin cancers occur on the head and neck, so a wide-brimmed hat is a great way to shade your face.ears, neck, and scalp.

    Too Much Sun Hurts
    Did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life? Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.

    Turning pink?
    Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.

    There’s no other way to say it: tanned skin is dam­aged skin. Any change in the color of your child’s skin after time outside – whether sunburn or suntan – indi­cates damage from UV rays.

    Cool and cloudy?
    Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them – and sometimes only slightly.

    Kids often get sunburned when they are outdoors unprotected for longer than expected.
    Remember to plan ahead, and keep sun protection handy – in your car, bag or child’s backpack.
    Parents, help your children to play it safe, and protect your own skin as well. You’re an important role model.

    Sunscreen may be easy, but it doesn’t protect your child’s skin completely. Try combining
    sunscreen with other “ChooseYour Cover” options to prevent UV damage.

    SUNSCREENSunscreen comes in a variety of forms – lotions, sprays, wipes or gels. Be sure to choose one made especially for kids with:

    • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
    • both UVA and UVB protection

    For most effective protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors.

    And, don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips and the tops of feet which often go unprotected. Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to “waterproof” and “water resistant” products as well.

    Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow your kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Sunscreen reduces damage from UV radiation, it doesn’t eliminate it.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises that sunscreen use on babies less than 6 months old is not harmful on small areas of a baby’s skin, such as the face and back of the hands. But your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

    The SmartShield Towelette contains a very soft towel saturated with our SPF 30 sun protection liquid. This liquid is waterproof and sweat proof. It also contains all natural insect repellent ingredients - Cedar Essence and Lemongrass.

    Retail Price: $1.99
    Our Price: $0.89


    The SmartShield Towelette contains a very soft towel saturated with our SPF 30 sun protection liquid. This liquid is waterproof more and purchase

    These are natural repellents and contain no DEET. The independent laboratory found that SmartShield Sunscreen with insect repellent was statistically as effective as the well known DEET product at repelling mosquitoes. The testing labs description was 'Statistically equal in preventing mosquitoes from probing.' That means that you can have sun and insect protection without the use of the chemical repellent DEET which concerns many people. The sunscreen components are long lasting and are very effective. The insect repellents are natural and do not last all day. They need to be touched up in 3-4 hours with a light reapplication.

    There are no oils in our products. They go on easily and are not felt thereafter. They are perfect for workers or others whose grips and work environments make an oil free product more appealing and safe. They are also perfect for woodsmen and hunters since there are not foreign fragrances in the formula.

    The Towelettes will comply with OSHA mandates for protection from UV for outdoor employees.


  • Happy First Day of Summer! Be Safe and Have FUN!

    Summer Safety Survival Guide: 10 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

    Summer Safety Summer Safety

    Summer is the time for outdoor cookouts, pool parties and backyard play dates – not a time for bandaging scrapes, nursing burns – or worse. Learn these important summer safety tips and make sure everyone in your family knows them by heart too. That way, it will be a summer to remember, for all the right reasons.

    Pool Safety

    1. Supervise constantly: Good supervision means you are able to scan the pool area every 20 seconds and be able to reach the pool in 10 seconds.
    2. Put multiple safety barriers between children and the pool: Install a four-foot fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach. Also cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence surrounding the pool.
    3. Always check the pool first if a child is missing: Child drowning is often a silent death that alerts no one with splashes or yells for help. Many drowning accidents happen when children have been missing for less than five minutes.
    4. Empty small wading pools and remove all toys after children are through playing: Infants can drown in just a few inches of water. Floats, balls and other toys may attract children to the pool when it is unattended.

    Backyard Safety

    1. Keep grills at least 10 feet from any structure: Grilling mishaps cause more than 8,300 fires and send 3,000 people to the emergency room each year. Never grill indoors or near garages or porches, even if it’s raining.
    2. Have a spray bottle or fire extinguisher handy: An unexpected flare up can burn more than your burgers. Use a spray bottle to avoid flare ups and have a fire extinguisher nearby. Also, coals get hot – in some cases up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit – so dispose of charcoal away from kids and pets and cool it down with a hose.
    3. Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire: Both can cause an explosion. When grilling, use insulated, flame-retardant mitts and long-handled barbeque tongs and utensils to handle food and coals.
    4. Check gas grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks: If the tank valve or grill needs repair, do not attempt to do it yourself. Take it to your local home improvement store or qualified appliance repair person.
    5. Inspect outdoor decorative lights carefully: Some families add backyard ambience with outdoor decorative lighting. Do not connect more than three midget light string sets together. Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have a maximum of 50 bulbs connected together. Be sure to use light strings bearing the UL Mark, which means UL has tested samples of the product for risk of fire, electric shock and other hazards.

    Playground Safety

    1. Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 70 percent of all playground-related deaths occur on home playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.

    Article Courtesy of Safety at Home

    Remember your First Aid Kit, Insect Repellent & Sunscreen

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