What  Is   the
            UV  Index?
                Some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable; however, too much could be
                dangerous. Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause
                immediate effects such as sunburn and long-term problems such as skin cancer
                and cataracts. Developed by the National Weather Service and the U.S.
         Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the UV Index provides important information
         to help you plan your outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun's rays.

                                 The UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected
                                     risk of overexposure to the sun. The Index predicts
                                        UV intensity levels on a scale of 0 to 10+, where
                                           0 indicates a minimal risk of overexposure and
                                             10+ means a very high risk. Calculated on a
                                              next-day basis for dozens of cities across
                                                the United States, the UV Index takes
UV Index Number
3 to 4
5 to 6
7 to 9
Exposure Level
Very High
                                       into account clouds and other local
                                      conditions that affect the amount of UV
                                     radiation reaching the ground in different
                                   parts of the country.

                              By taking a few simple precautions, you can greatly
                          reduce your risk of sun-related illnesses. To be Sun Wise,
                      consider the following steps:

    Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Whenever possible, seek shade.
    Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
    Wear a wide-brimmed hat and if possible, tightly woven, full-length clothing.
    Wear UV-protective sunglasses.
    Avoid sunlamps and tanning salons.
    Watch for the UV Index daily.

While you should always take precautions  against overexposure to the sun, please take
special care to adopt the safeguards when the UV Index predicts levels of moderate or
above. Watch for UV Index reports in your local newspapers and on television, and
remember to be Sun Wise! For more information, call EPA's Stratospheric Ozone
Information Hotline at 800 296-1996, or visit our Web site at .