Caption: The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is raising awareness about skin cancer on the Friday before Memorial day as “Don’t FRY Day.” You can protect yourself and your loved ones by wearing sun protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
The NWS works along with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to promote “Don’t Fry Day” which takes place on the Friday before Memorial Day each year, with this year’s observance occurring on May 26, 2023. Don’t Fry Day encourages sun safety awareness leading into the summer. Sunburns not only increase your risk of skin cancer, they also can make you more susceptible to heat illness and dehydration. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
For those interested in learning more or supporting this initiative, you can find a comprehensive toolkit that includes additional background information, as well as ready to use social media posts, infographics, talking points, and more. Don’t Fry Day is an important day to revisit key tips to stay safe and healthy in the sun, as well as a great opportunity to be reminded of overall heat safety.
Wherever your outdoor summer adventures take you, make sure to take action to enjoy the sun and warm weather safely, and protect yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer and heat related illness.