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Different styles of hats provide varying levels of sun protection, but any hat is better than no hat!
Hats are the best method of minimizing UV rays to the face, nose, head, ears, and neck where sun damage and skin cancer often occur.
Tightly-woven hats with a 3 to 4-inch brim all the way around can help reduce direct UV exposure to the head, face and neck by as much as 50%.
A flappy-jack or legionnaire cap provides good protection for the ears and neck but leaves areas of the face exposed to the sun.
Baseball caps offer some protection for the face but do not protect the ears and neck.
Visors offer limited protection to the face, but do not protect the top of the head, ears, or neck.
Tips to promote hats:
- Establish guidelines for acceptable types of hats for school use.
- Encourage or even require students to wear wide-brimmed, sun safe hats for outdoor activities and field trips.
- Adopt a district uniform or dress code policy that encourages hat use outdoors.
- Adopt a “No hat, stay in the shade or inside” policy.
- Sponsor hat days at schools several times each year.
- Discourage students from harassing students who choose to wear sun safe hats.
- Solicit the help of student leaders (e.g., student council, cheerleaders) to promote the wearing of hats among their peers.
- Sell hats with the school colors and logo.
- Encourage teachers and playground monitors to set good examples by wearing hats when outside.
- Offer awards each month for the class with the most students wearing hats outside every day.
Looking to purchase sun safe hats? Click here for a list of manufactures that sell these items.
Have more questions? Check out Skin Cancer 101 - Clothing and Hats.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) increases the risk of all skin cancers, and broad-brimmed hats provide significant protection for the head and neck. As it turns out, shielding these vulnerable areas is especially important.
The Skin Cancer Foundation, Keep Your Hat On: Headwear is Back, 2010