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It's UV Safety Awareness Month: 4 Apps To Keep You Safe In the Sun

July is National Ultraviolet Safety Month. This month is designed to shine a light on the risks of UV rays and spread the message of sun safety. UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer in the U.S. It can cause eye damage including cataracts and macular degeneration. Do you want to cut your risk for skin cancer? There are 4 Hot apps that will help you monitor your sun exposure and when the conditions are right to have fun in the sun. 1. The Raymio app for Android and iOS includes many tools for keeping your skin safe from damaging UV rays. It lets you know how long you can stay out before exposing your skin to damage. The app also lets you specify the type of environment you'll be in to give you the most accurate recommendations for exposure times. You can also get the the Raymio device which is a wrist-worn band that tracks your UV exposure and lets you know when you reach your limit via an LED indicator. 2. UVLens app for Android and iOS gives you a full UV forecast for anywhere in the world you might be. You'll see a color-coded wheel that will give you all the info you need: if it's safe to go outside, which hours to be the most careful, how fast you could burn with nothing protecting you and so on. On top of that, you can calculate your very own, personal burn risk. Take the skin type assessment and you'll learn how much time you can spend in the sun before being at risk. 3. UltraViolet app for Android and iOS it keeps track of your exposure and measures that information against your determined UV needs to see if you're getting the right amount of Vitamin D. It also lets you know when to apply more sunscreen and when to get out of the sun. 4. SunZapp available for both Android and iOS, provides advice on the level of SPF and cover-up you need to stay safe from the sun. It delivers its recommendations based on your location, environmental conditions, elevation, level of SPF you're wearing, your clothing and the real-time UV index forecast. Of course, it'll also send you alerts when it's time to reapply sunscreen or get out of the sun to avoid damage from too much UV exposure.

Always take precautions in the sun and do what you can to minimize your risks to UV Radiation.

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at

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