As we start August, I know many are already thinking and preparing for the school year and fall, but it's still summer in the Stateline. With that we need to remember summer safety tips, one of which is the UV index. There are five categories when talking out the heat index number. "0-2" is low, "3-5" is moderate , "6-7" is high, "8-10" is very high, and "11 or more" is extreme.
A UV Index means there is a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. When the level gets to 'very high' its recommended to minimize sun exposure from 10:00am to 4:00pm. and to make sure to seek shade through the day. It's also a good idea to wear protective clothing, to wear a wide-brimmed hat, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses. You'll want to apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every two hours, even if it's cloudy. Make sure to watch out for bright or reflective surfaces which will reflect the UV and will increase exposure.
The forecast UV index for today is at 8 which ranks in at the very high level. Make sure to remember to keep the sunscreen handy and have your sunglasses on standby today!