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Sunscreen Initiative

Be Sun Smart in El Paso


UV Radiation from the sun can be dangerous. It can cause premature aging and skin cancer. We are exposed to the sun when it penetrates clouds and gas and bounced off snow, water and sand. Sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store, and outdoor gardening.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10AM and 4PM
  • Don’t get sunburned.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

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Help us make our community "Sun Smart!"

The City of El Paso averages 297 days of sunshine each year. Affectionately known as the “Sun City”, it is home to more than 250 parks and 3,000 acres of open space. Our Sun Smart campaign aims to provide sunscreen dispensers for our most vulnerable population - our children. While El Pasoans appreciate many days of joyous sunshine, those UV rays can be harmful to the unprotected. Nearly 90% of all melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight.

Look for the bright yellow dispensers in city spray parks and public gathering places sponsored by El Paso LIVE. Dispensers are also along the Playa Drain Trail, a city-wide trail beginning at Ascarate Park.

Sporting complexes and events are held year-round in the Sun City, and the city host athletes and spectators of all ages. Most of these events occur in areas that are open to the elements, and thus, exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays unavoidable.

Ask your sports coordinator to request a dispenser at their location! Placement of our sunscreen dispensers at sporting events makes perfect sense. Consider facilities such as:

  • Aquatics Facilities
  • Baseball Fields
  • Football Fields
  • Soccer Fields
  • Track & Field
  • Golf Courses

The Foundation is pleased to provide ‘loaners’ for your sun-filled events. Please send your request for dispensers via email to We’ll need the date of your event, anticipated numbers and the location.

Thank you for helping us make ours a “Sun Smart” community!


For the Classroom

Want Beezley for your classroom? We have a simple lesson plan and coloring book suitable for elementary students. Email for more information. We host contents, so make sure you follow our Facebook page for upcoming events!


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Tools To Use

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