Protect yourself from the harmful UV rays from the sun
You may know that the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. Unfortunately, your eyes can not easily determine the intensity of UV radiation especially on cloudy and snowy days. UV Detector Sunmate can alert you when the UV intensity exceeds dangerous limits so you can apply proper steps to protect your skin and eyes.
About UV light from the sun
Solar UV rays make up part of the photonic spectrum of light. The ultraviolet region ranges from 10nm to 400nm and can be further divided into UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. UV-A rays range from 320nm to 400nm, UV-B rays range from 280nm to 320nm, and UV-C radiation has wavelengths less than 280nm.
UV-A is linked to sunburn, accelerated skin aging, and damage to DNA. UV-B also causes sunburn and is related to snow blindness, skin cancer, and immune system suppression. UV-C is extremely dangerous to plants and animals. However, it is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the ground unless the ozone layer is destroyed.
- Essential when going to the beach or snow
- Sensible when spending long periods of time doing outdoor activities
Protect yourself from skin cancer and blindness ...
- SunMate alerts you to possible over-exposure to ultraviolet rays from the Sun
- SunMate Is easy to use and understand - no technical background required! Simply press the white button located at the top of the monitor to take a reading.
LED indicators light up between 1 and 5 depending upon the intensity of the UV light. You are then able to use a cross reference chart that comes with SunMate to compare the SunMate indicator level to the Ultraviolet Index Scale.
- Easy to carry and pack - just 2.5" tall and 2" wide. Powered by 3 Nicad watch batteries (included). Take your SunMate wherever you go!
Ultraviolet Index Scale
|UV Index||Description||Media Graphic Color||Recommended Protection|
|0-2||No danger to the average person||Green||Wear sunglasses; use sunscreen if there is snow on the ground, which reflects UV radiation, or if you have particularly fair skin.|
|3-5||Little risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Yellow||Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with clothing and a hat, and seek shade around midday when the sun is most intense.|
|6-7||High risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Orange||Wear sunglasses and use sunscreen having SPF 15 or higher, cover the body with sun protective clothing and a wide-brim hat, and reduce time in the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon (roughly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM during summer in zones that observe daylight saving time).|
|8-10||Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Red||Wear sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses, and a hat. Do not stay out in the sun for too long.|
|11+||Extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure||Violet||Take all precautions, including: wear sunglasses and use sunscreen, cover the body with a long-sleeve shirt and trousers, wear a very broad hat, and avoid the sun from two hours before to three hours after solar noon.|
Using the chart provided with the SunMate, you are typically able to cross reference the SunMate indicator with the above reference, which is a standardized UV index reference issued by the world health organization (WHO). This will give an indication of the UV dangers that you are facing, as well as the precautions that should be taken to avoid consequential damage to the eyes or skin.