Heading to a beach or an outdoor barbecue? Chances are, you’re probably donning a hat or applying SPF lotion beforehand to protect your skin from the sun. Yet, did you know there are many unexpected places where you can still get ultraviolet (UV) damage? The following infographic shows common indoor areas, along with ways to stay protected from harmful UV rays.
Your skin isn’t the only thing in jeopardy for UV exposure — many common materials are, too. When materials such as wood, plastics and paints absorb UV rays, they start to dry and their chemical bonds break down over time. This is called UV degradation and materials may break, fade or come apart from prolonged exposure. Consider rearranging the position of your furniture to reduce UV degradation or putting slip covers over furnishings to protect the underlying upholstery.
Whether it’s your skin or furniture, the sun can pose a great threat. However, taking the right precautions can make all the difference in reducing the risk of sun damage. For more unexpected places you may be getting harmed by UV rays, see the accompanying infographic.
Graphic created by Glass.com.