Protecting ourselves from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is something we all should do year round. Both UVA and UVB rays play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage and skin cancers such as melanoma. They also suppress the immune system, reducing our ability to fight off these and other maladies.
There are protective measures we should take to lessen our chances of developing melanoma. While outdoors, dress to limit UV exposure. There are fabrics especially treated to block these harmful rays. Broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses that offer UV protection are also helpful. Sun screen should be applied often, with a SPF of no less than 15 (although 30 offers far more protection). Did you know that SFP indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden skin when using sunscreen, compared to how long skin would take to redden without the product? If a family member has had melanoma, have your doctor regularly check for early warning signs.
Another important factor in protecting ourselves is seeking shade. The most dangerous time for sun exposure is between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The American Optometric Association advises that the longer your eyes are exposed to solar radiation the greater the risk of developing conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Not everyone has a large oak tree in their yard to create the shade they need. For those without the oak tree, an awning offers important protection. At Dutchess Awnings, we use a woven acrylic fabric such as Sunbrella. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as an aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin as a part of a complete sun protection regimen.
The sun’s rays can penetrate glass, so window awnings may be “just the ticket” to not only offer protection to all living in the home, but also to prevent the fading of carpets and furniture. Also, by blocking the sun, your home will be much cooler and you’ll save on air conditioning costs.
An awning is an important tool available to you in your quest to protect yourself and loved ones. Call us at Dutchess Awnings (845) 226-3039 and in Connecticut, (203) 942-2474 for more information. Visit our website, Dutchessawnings.com or stop by our new showroom located at 1075 Route 82 Suite 7 in Hopewell Junction, NY. We’d love to hear from you.