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Your Questions on Sun Protective Clothing Answered

Today, Coolibar President John Barrow and Executive VP of Merchandising Michael Hubsmith answered Facebook fans’ questions about sun protective clothing.

Q. What makes your garments UV Protective?

A. Our collection of SUNTECT fabrics include the best active ingredients found in sunscreens including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Q. Since you add Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide into the clothes, can it wash out?

A. We actually test all of our materials to make sure the UV protection is permanent. Part of our testing procedure is to wash and dry a fabric 40 times and then follow up with a UV Transmittance test.

Q. What is the difference between UPF and SPF?

A. UPF is for fabrics and means Ultraviolet Protection Factor. SPF is for sunscreens and stands for Sun Protection Factor. One important difference is that UPF tests both UVA and UVB protection levels while SPF only tests UVB.

Q. How much UV protection does normal clothing provide?

A. There is quite a range. Studies in Australia and Germany, that we have replicated here in the US, show that a summer t-shirt may be made of fabric that only provides a UPF of 5 to 10. Another issue is that regular summer clothing is typically designed to show skin rather than cover it, so a lot of the exposure from normal clothing relates to how much skin it covers.

Q. Before a UPF rating is assigned to a garment, how is it tested?

A. It is normally tested on a machine called a spectrophotometer. It has a UV source inside it and sends the UV through the fabric sample. It measures how much UV is transmitted through the fabric. In addition to this test, at Coolibar we test fabrics when new, but more importantly, we also age fabrics by washing them 40 times and exposing them to 100 hours of sunlight, then we do the UPF test again. We want to see fabrics provide UPF 50+ at the end of their life cycle. At Coolibar we guarantee that every garment we sell is as UV Protective on the first day it is worn to the very last day.

Q. How many times can the garments be washed before losing the protective ingredients?

A. Most clothes gradually lose their UV protection over time as they are worn, washed, stretched, and so on. When we are testing fabrics, we want to make sure they are providing UPF 50+ after 40 washings (which we consider to be a typical life cycle). So they will start even more protective than UPF 50+ and still be UPF 50+ a few years later.

Q. Is sun protective clothing superior to sunscreen? How would the use of each by itself compare?

A. We think you need to use a combination of clothing and sunscreen. Clothing provides more reliable protection and is easier to use, but sunscreen is necessary for areas like your face, hands, feet, and so on that aren’t covered by clothes.

Q. In your opinion, what are the top 3 items of sun protective clothing that EVERYONE should own?

A. In my traveling wardrobe, I have a packable bucket hat, a long-sleeve polo, and some sunglasses. So those are the 3 that I take literally everywhere with me.

Q. Do you need to wear sunscreen underneath the Coolibar clothing?

A. No, you will be well protected by the clothes themselves. You still need sunscreen for other areas, like your face, that are not covered by our clothes.

Q. Also, is it only good for a certain time? Like how you have to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours?

A. You can wear our clothes all day in the sun and the protection does not diminish. With sunscreen you do need to reapply every 2 hours.

Q. As I student, I like to dress with the trends, stay fashionable, etc. Is your company looking at broadening the styles available of UPF clothing to reach the demographic that is both concerned about protecting their skin while staying current?

A. Yes we are looking to expand our fashion portfolio as we grow.

Q. What color keeps you the coolest in the sun?

A. In general, most people feel that lighter colors make them feel cooler. However, there is probably a lot more difference between fabrics (weight, weave, wicking, etc) than between colors. We generally try to use very light-weight fabrics that also have special properties to help you feel comfortable in hot weather, e.g. wicking moisture off your skin.

Q. I have lupus but live in the deep south where it is full on sun for 10 months out of the year. I also have 2 young children that are complete water babies. I need something that allows me to be out by the pool or at the beach that will protect me and keep me cool. It is very hot and humid here, and of course even hotter by the pool. I can’t just be an invert with my boys.

A. We design our garments with the idea that you will be in the hot sun when you wear them, so breathability is very important for comfort. We offer several items like our ZnO Beach Pants and Largo ZnO Cover-up that can give you a head to toe coordinated look with full sun protective coverage.

Q. Can I wear non-swimwear products (like the featherweight cover up) in the water and still have 50 UPF protection? Will wearing non swimwear items in the water damage the item?

A. In general, you could wear them in the water without damaging them. However, UV does transmit through water better than through air so when garments get wet they let more UV through than when they are dry. We are considering this when we make items designed to go in the water. Finally, in pools, the chlorine can damage clothes if you were to wear them consistently over time. So I would not recommend wearing non-swimwear in heavily chlorinated water over an extended time.

Q. What is the best way to care for the clothing?

A. Follow the care instructions sewn inside each garment.

Q. Can they go in the dryer?

A. Yes. I put all my Coolibar clothes in the dryer.

Q. I’m thinking about buying a long sleeve swim shirt, but wouldn’t long sleeves make me hot and uncomfortable in the summer?

A. Many of our customers are surprised how cool they are wearing our long-sleeved garments. It’s because they are very light-weight fabrics and are designed to keep you cool.

If you have additional questions regarding Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing, let us know by posting a question on Facebook or writing a comment below. To purchase Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing, visit www.coolibar.com.

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Sun Protection Clothing Wear Sun Protection What our customers say

Fun Sun Wear for Family Beach Day

“I was looking forward to wearing my [Coolibar Beach] shirt as it felt so light and weightless when I pulled it out of the package.  Our Florida climate presented a perfect day to wear it to the beach.  The first thing I noted was how incredibly light this shirt really was, as I couldn’t even feel it on my body.  The cooler air from the ocean could easily flow through it, keeping me cool; which is very important in Florida where we have 90oF+ days during the summer.  It was a very comfortable shirt and quite trendy, sporting a nice size hoodie, that made me feel like a celebrity. (see picture)  My husband was having a lot of fun too running around taking pictures of the two of us working the “beach runway” and enjoying our new Coolibar gear.  And why not, we looked awesome, and felt very comfortable while being well protected from the sun.  A couple of people actually approached us to ask where we got our cool clothes.  Bingo, Coolibar!

“March in Florida offers the perfect weather to get out, but the water was still cool for swimming yet.  So we played a lot in the sand, making sand castles and just being silly running around chasing each other.  As no family “photo-shoot” ever goes without bloopers, the battery in our camera died just before we decided to test out the water, and wet our toes properly.  Of course we’ve got soaked.  That was something worth seeing.  I am happy to report that my shirt stayed looking good wet, as well as dry and actually dried up in no time without clinging to my body.  I loved the fact that our clothes, being wet, haven’t attracted too much sand either, which usually is a nuisance to clean up.  Our son had particularly lots of fun throwing the sand on me as you can see, but we had no problems there.   Just lots of fun and memorable moments.  He looked so cute in his outfit [Toddler Water Polo Swim Set].  He is not much of a hat wearer and put up a bit of a fight in the beginning, but 5 minutes later he got used to it, and enjoyed the whole outfit just as much as I’ve enjoyed watching him wearing it.  Or perhaps he also wanted to show off what a good model he is, just in case Coolibar is hiring new models. 🙂

“Overall, we are very happy with our outfits and will wear them often, especially living in Sunny Florida.”

-Natalja

Natalja and her son modeling their Coolibar
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Special UV Clothing Live Facebook Forum

ASK THE FOUNDER/PRESIDENT & EXECTUTIVE VP OF COOLIBAR ABOUT SUN PROTECTION CLOTHING

Tue. April 26
1:30pm CST
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FACEBOOK.COM/COOLIBAR

What’s the difference between UPF and SPF in sun protective clothing ratings? What does UPF stand for? What makes Coolibar clothing sun protective? Are clothes with a UPF 50+ rating really any different from normal clothing?

Join us for a special live Facebook forum where President and Founder of Coolibar John Barrow along with sun protective clothing expert and Executive Vice President Michael Hubsmith will be answering your questions about sun protection clothing and Coolibar! Anyone is welcome to join the conversation.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity on Tuesday April 26 starting at 1:30pm CST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST). Our UV clothing experts will take any questions you may have for at least 30 minutes. If the questions keep coming, the conversation will keep going, so join us!

RSVP yes before next Tuesday to be entered into a drawing for a Coolibar UPF 50+ Light Featherweight Bucket Hat!

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Fishing in the Amazon

Jack Ip, also known as JIP, is the Senior Editor of Tackle and Tour, an online source of tackle news and reviews, and he makes it his business to seek some of the best fishing in the world. Last November, he traveled outside his hometown near the shores of Lake Sonoma in California, to the Amazon to fish for one of the world’s toughest freshwater species — Peacock bass. While carefully thought-out bait was essential to the success of the trip, tackle wasn’t the only thing he brought with him to the treacherous waters of Barcelos, Brazil.

“This was my first trip to the Amazon and my first time catching Peacock bass. As much as the tackle is important on a trip like this, keeping yourself in tip-top shape and providing yourself protection is just as critical … Wearing protective gear to keep the sun exposure to a bare minimum is important if you’re fishing 6 days straight for 10+ hours per day.

“Coolibar has been producing sun protective clothing since 2001 and today all their apparel are rated UPF 50+, the highest rating you can have in clothes. So the Coolibar Sunblock Fishing Shirt was a must have for my trip to the Amazon. There was no way the harmful UV rays, even the harsh ones in Brazil, would penetrate the Sunblock fishing shirt. I received no sunburns or evening a darkening of my skin during the entire trip in South America.

“Due to venting it provided coolness while fishing all day. The Sunblock shirt, when wet, also dries quickly especially if you’re running the boat. The fishing shirt has many features designed just for anglers such as a collar that you can unfold to provide neck protection or the Velcro pole tip holder just to name a few. Overall a good fishing shirt that’s UPF 50+ rated and useful features that any angler would welcome.

“Fly thousands of miles away, you won’t want to leave home with just mediocre tackle as this is mostly a once in a life time trip for many anglers … And apparel, it must provide good protection or you’ll come back lobster red and hurting. UPF rated, 40+ or 50+ is recommended. Plus a hat to cover up is almost a must have.”

JIP in Coolibar Fish Shirt Casting Off
JIP casting off in Coolibar Fish Shirt

To view details about the Sunblock Fishing Shirt JIP used during his Amazon fishing excursion, see the Sunblock Fishing Shirt made from Coolibar’s dri SUNTECT® fabric.

To view details about Coolibar’s New and Improved Fishing Shirt, see the Fishing Shirt cut from Coolibar’s 3D dri SUNTECT®, a new lighter weight, moisture-wicking fabric that offers superior sun protection and comfort. This shirt still contains all of the original technical features you love including: Velcro pole tip holders, roll-up sleeves, a protective collar flap, bellowed breast pockets and 6” vertical Napoleon zipper pockets.

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Sun Protective Clothing vs. Sunscreen

Compare sunscreen and sun protective clothing side-by-side and then determine how to best protect yourself and your family from the sun.

SPF vs. UPF Ratings

Sunscreen protects skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UV rays. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) label. The SPF discloses the amount of sunburn protection that a sunscreen can provide an average user when used correctly. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although the SPF ratings found on sunscreen packages apply to UVB rays, many sunscreen manufacturers include ingredients that protect the skin from some UVA rays as well. These sunscreens are usually labeled as “broad-spectrum” and are recommended since both UVA and UVB have been linked to skin cancer according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sun protective clothing uses fabric to protect skin from the sun. The fabric is rated according to an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). UPF is like SPF except UPF rates protection against both UVA and UVB. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation. Sun protection clothing is an easy and reliable form of UV protection and so is becoming more and more popular. Look for garments that have been tested according to American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Test Method 183. The best brands also perform complete life cycle tests using American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 6544. This form of testing tells how garments protect as they age not just when they are brand new.

Sunscreen vs. Sun Clothing Effectiveness

The AAD says for sunscreen to be effective in protecting skin from UV rays, it should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Apply it to all exposed areas and pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands, and arms. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily.

Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing provides intant coverage. There is no need to reapply anything, except broad-spectrum sunscreen to areas not covered by the clothing. Coolibar’s sun protection never fades or washes out as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide blockers are permanently embedded in many of our material’s fibers. Other items, such as our UV swimwear and hats, are formed with a tightly woven material that offers UPF 50+ protection. Coolibar carefully tests each garment to ensure excellent sun protection.

Physical Sunscreen (SPF 30 broad-spectrum) Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing (UPF 50+)
Blocks 97% of harmful UVA and UVB rays Blocks 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays
Effective when reapplied every two hours or after excessive sweating or swimming Effective always or for life of garment, no need to replace garment after use
1 oz. of sunscreen (shot glass full) protects skin when rubbed in everywhere Clothing completely protects covered portions of skin

By using both sun protective clothing and sunscreen you can achieve ultimate protection! Wear sun protective clothing to cover majority of skin and choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which blocks UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher to cover all skin exposed to sunlight. Wear a sun protective hat with a 3” brim or greater to shade your face, ears and neck. Then slide on some sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays or offer UV 400 protection to cover your eyes. Be sunAWARE and be safe.

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Swimwear Preview 2011

Trips to the beach and jaunts to the pool are just around the corner. Or perhaps you still have that sunny winter getaway planned. Start thinking sunshine – and sun protection for the months ahead or your upcoming vacation. Take a sneak peek at some of our NEW UPF50+ swimwear and beach basics before your Coolibar catalog arrives in early February.

Don’t currently receive our catalogs?  Request a catalog today! 

For a Sun Safe Lifestyle

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Coverage is key. But regular summer clothing (even with long sleeves) is not enough to block dangerous UVA and UVB rays. If it were, it would be too heavy and hot. That’s why we developed the highest quality, lightweight UPF 50+ fabrics available: Coolibar SUNTECT®. Then we designed our apparel for stylish, easy wear, and superior comfort. So, relax and enjoy being outdoors the Coolibar way! It’s sun protection for life – your life – we guarantee it.

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Sun Protective Clothing (Video)

Dermatologist Dr. Jaime Davis
Uptown Dermatology
Minneapolis, MN

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I wanted to talk to you today specifically about sun protective clothing and why we need it.  While we love our sunscreen and advise putting sunscreen on the face, V of the neck, back of the hands, the best sun protection actually comes from sun protective clothing

The fact is, it’s hard to use enough sunscreen and remember to re-apply it.  But if you put on a nice piece of sun protective clothing, you have the relief of not having to remember to do those things – especially for the kids who are going to be out and about and playing.  Simply putting a t-shirt on them and letting them run around in the water is not enough sun protection.  That t-shirt loses its sun protective factor the minute it gets wet. It goes down from maybe a 5-7 to about a 2 and that’s not enough sun protection for a kid. 

I’m going to show you some interesting alternatives.

Coolibar makes a fantastic material that is UPF 50, nice light woven material, tightly woven so the sun does not get through it.  It’s like  a fine silk really and it’s a synthetic fabric that washes up beautifully, I know, but it feels super lightweight and is  very breathable and is constructed so that there is airflow through the back.  So, you don’t overheat in these, even though you’re wearing long sleeves there is beautiful ventilation.  And actually, keeping the Ultra violet light off your skin keeps you cooler.  Ironically wearing a sun protective shirt will keep you cooler.

Some nice clothing for kids this fabric has Zinc Oxide, a physical sunscreen that we reviewed in another segment, embedded in here.  This keeps you nice and sun protected and even if it gets wet it does not lose its sun protective factor.  And some super cute stuff for kids, this long sleeve, you just don’t have to worry about getting the kids sunburned.  Keep the hat on everybody, a nice pair of sunglasses and you’ve got it covered.

Stay SunAWARE, Wear Sun Protective Clothing and Be Safe!

Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing

 

 

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Inside Coolibar Sun Protection Clothing What our customers say

Corrine in Her Beach Shirt

A Coolibar customer letter.

8/31/2010

Dear Coolibar:

As a very satisfied first time customer of Coolibar clothing, I wanted to show you that it was a pleasure wearing my [Savannah Wide Brim] hat and outfit [with the Beach Shirt] on a very hot day and still feeling cool!

The material is wonderful even in long sleeves!  So easy to launder and quick drying too.

The hat is great and the ties keep it from blowing away, which I did not know they were for that purpose. My niece showed how to use them!

I advise people interested to request your catalog at coolibar.com as they have clothing for men too.  What a great product!

I talk about my Coolibar outfit often.  It is even casual enough to wear at luncheons with my friends and out shopping.  I cannot praise the product enough and I thank my niece all the time for sending me such a wonderful birthday gift!

She just ordered me one in yellow for this year’s birthday, can’t wait to get it!

I can now enjoy boat rides better without a beach towel and baseball hat to cover me from the sun and wind.  They are so quick drying!! 

Corrine

Delaware, OH

Corrine in her Beach Shirt
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Inside Coolibar Sun Protection Clothing

Gift Ideas

It’s the same battle each year, finding the perfect present for each person on your gifting list. This holiday season, Coolibar has put together an array of healthy, stylish and unique gift options that will please everyone on your list.

 

 

 

 

Fab fashionista: Winter Hats, Jewelry, Scarves, ZnO Sun Wrap, Ruche Top, Travel Tunic

Make an outfit: Wide-Brim Grosgrain Trim Fedora, Ruche Top, and Danon Circle Necklace

 

 

Confident chap: Scarves, Winter Hats, ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Sun Shirt

Make an outfit: Bamboo Ribbed Knit Scarf with ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

 

 

Water cruiser: UV Sunglasses, UPF 50+ Swimwear, Sun Hats, Sunscreen

Perfect pairings: sailing- Barcelona sunglasses;  surfing/swimming – Ladies Water Jacket, Men’s Short-Sleeve Swim Shirt; sandcastle building – Toddler Water Polo Swim Set, Toddler Girls Ruffled Swim Set

 

Outdoor enthusiast: Solar Chargers, All Terrain Sunscreen, Titanium Umbrella, Bird Watching Kit

Camping and hiking: The Solar Charger can keep small electronic devices powered in remote locations.

 

 

Active athlete: Galen Labs Hydrosols, Goji Cookies, Men’s Athletic Jacket, Bike Jacket for Men or Women, SPIbelt, Convertible Polo for Men or Women, Tropical-Weight Polo for Men or Women

Spray for athletes: Galen Labs Hydrosol set includes a Mini Tea Tree Hydrosol that can be used to treat athlete’s foot or eliminate sneaker odors. 

 

Winter wanderer: ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt for Men or Women, Winter Hats for Men or Women, Scarves and Gloves for Men or Women, All Terrain Winter Travel Kit, UV Sunglasses

Layer up: Wear our ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt during the winter months under your clothing as an added layer.

 

 

Green thumb: Garden Gift Set, Aurora Garden Glow Lights, Firefly Garden Light Stake, Garden Hat

From Garden to Kitchen: Garden Bon Bons, prettily boxed like chocolates. Once planted, these nutrient rich seed balls will sprout into gourmet basil, parsley, chive and thyme varietal plants, on-hand for a range of seasoned dishes. To plant, slip on Coolibar sun protective gardening gloves, which are included in the set.

 

Savvy globetrotter: Grid It, Travel Shirt for Men or Women, Men’s Outback Hat, Women’s Packable Wide Brim Hat

Keep organized while traveling: The Grid It is the ultimate organizer. Designed with a firm backing and tight elastic bands, this ingenious travel accessory provides endless configurations to hold digital devices, tools, and personal items firmly in place. Insert it in your briefcase or luggage.

 

Health conscious food lover: Gourmet Gift Sets

Food pairing suggestion: Harvest Song Ventures Classic Preserves Gift Basket holds three award-winning varieties of their artisanal preserves, each crafted from only “sun-drenched fruit and as little as possible of anything else.” Prized both by five star restaurants and home kitchens, their luscious flavors complement conventional or exquisite dishes, cheeses, breads, wine and beer. Sour cherry preserves recommended with sheep’s milk cheese, apricot preserves recommended with mountain unpressed cow cheese, preserved walnuts recommended with hard cheese or blue cheese.

 

Cheery child: Infant Winter Hats, Boy’s Winter Hats, Girl’s Winter Hats, Mittens, and Scarves

Holiday gifting items on sale now! Visit Coolibar.com to see all specials and more gift giving options.

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NEW Coolibar Convertible Polo Review – We’ve got more up our “sleeve”

UPF 50+ Convertible Polos

Over the past months, Coolibar’s merchandising team has been hard at work designing new sun protection apparel, always keeping practicality, purpose and fashion in mind. One of the more exciting parts of creating new products is putting them up to the test!

One of our new developments, the Coolibar Convertible Polo, is an innovative short sleeve golf polo containing separate matching sun sleeves that fit snugly to protect arms from UV rays. This unique polo also contains ZnO SUNTET® fabric which embeds millions of tiny particles of zinc oxide (the same ingredient that is used in better sunscreens) into every fiber.

Recently, we came across the perfect opportunity to obtain some solid feedback on our new Convertible Polo.  Dr. Manju George, a board certified pediatric dermatologist who provides personalized care for children and young adults at her private office in Florida, was excited to be one of the first to try this new sun protection polo and give us her input.

1. What are your overall thoughts on the Coolibar Convertible Polo?

It looks a lot better when you wear it; more appealing on the body 

2. How many times in a wearing did you put the sleeves on and take them off?

Two or three

3. What activities did you partake in while wearing the sleeves?

Outdoor soccer and playing in the park

4. How would you rate the ease of taking the sleeves on and off (Easy, Somewhat Easy, Moderate, Somewhat Difficult, Difficult)?

Somewhat Easy

5. How well did the removable sleeves “stay put” while on your arms?

Stayed well

6. What are your overall thoughts on the ZnO SUNTECT® fabric for this garment?

I love the fabric. Very lightweight and very comfortable!

7. Did the fabric help keep you cool?

Yes!

8. Would you recommend this garment to a friend?

Yes!

9. Any additional feedback?

Love the color!! [She tried our Passion Pink Convertible Polo]

Women's Convertible Polo in Passion Pink

Coolibar welcomes comments and recommendations. If you get an opportunity to try our new Convertible Polo, please feel free to provide us with your feedback on our Blog comments section or on Facebook.

The Coolibar Convertible Polo for Men and Women is now available at Coolibar. Save $10 each when you purchase two or more!

Coolibar’s SUNTECT® brand fabrics have a guaranteed Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ for the life of the garment. Remember to avoid unprotected exposure at any time but especially between the hours of peak ultraviolet radiation (between 10:00am and 4:00pm) and seek shade. Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeve shirt, a hat with a three-inch brim, and sunglasses. Be SunAWARE and be safe. 

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