By Sara Elliot
July 4th is what summer is all about. What better way could there be to spend a holiday afternoon than grilling in the backyard, enjoying the summer weather and looking forward to an evening fireworks display. Fun times can hold hidden dangers, though. Every year thousands of people visit local emergency rooms with sunburns, bug bites and fireworks injuries. Many of these injuries could be avoided with a little planning and some common sense.
You probably already know that sun damage can lead to sunburn, premature skin aging and cancer. You may not realize how easy it is to sustain sun damage without realizing it:
You can get sunburn even on overcast days.
Even if you wear a high SPF sunscreen, it can wash off when participating in water sports or just through perspiring. Sunscreen should be reapplied every couple of hours.