Santino's Sun Safety Program, a Cool Plan to Beach Overexposure: Free Sunscreen, Safety Tips for Lifeguards and Beachgoers

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino kicked off his Sun Safety Program by applying some sunscreen then by distributing 2,500 packets of sunscreen to beachgoers. The town is also providing 600 lifeguards with bottles of sunscreen to keep them safe while they keep us safe. Supervisor Santino was joined by Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Chief Medical Officer and sun safety expert Dr. Adhi Sharma of South Nassau Communities Hospital, Maliblue Oyster Bar operator Butch Yamali, and lifeguards at Town Park Point Lookout as he announced a new Sun Safety Program.

The program, dedicated to raising awareness, encouraging the use of sunscreen and promoting dermatological screenings, is targeting beachgoers and town lifeguards. As part of the sun safety initiative, 2,500 visitors to town beaches will receive a packet of sunscreen and a guide to protecting oneself from the sun’s damaging rays. Additionally the town’s nearly 600 lifeguards will be given a bottle of 30spf sunscreen.

“While a day at the beach or pool can be fun, the sun’s UV rays can actually be deadly,” said Santino “However, by using sunscreen and taking other precautions, ‘sun lovers’ can dramatically reduce their risk of getting skin cancer.”

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined over the past three decades. Each year over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. Startling facts like these are reasons why the Town has launched a “Sun Safety for Everyone” program.

The town’s original sun safety plan focused on members of the public who visit town beaches. But, after careful consideration, town officials decided to provide sunscreen bottles, replete with carabiners, to beach and pool lifeguards. The guards are considered by many to be more vulnerable than beachgoers to the risks associated with sun exposure since they spend day-after-day at local pools and beaches, enduring countless hours of sun exposure.

“Lifeguards diligently watch over our families and friends while they enjoy a carefree day at the beach,” Commented Councilman D’Esposito. “I’m happy to say that the Town is committed to protecting the protectors by providing sunscreen to our town’s lifeguards.”

The Supervisor and Councilman thanked two sponsors who underwrote the cost of providing the packets and bottles of sunscreen that will be distributed to the public and lifeguards. Butch Yamali, owner of the Maliblue Restaurant in Lido Beach furnish the 2,500 sunscreen packets for the public while George Voutsinas of Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill in Island Park provided sunscreen bottles for town lifeguards.

“I want to thank Pop’s Seafood Shack and Grill, as well as Maliblue Restaurant for giving back to the public,” stated Santino. “Because of these philanthropic business owners, fewer people will fall prey to the dangers of skin cancer.”

Dr. Adhi Sharma, Chief Medical Officer with South Nassau Communities Hospital, discussed risk factors associated with skin cancer, danger signs that warrant attention and precautions to avoid sun damage and skin cancer.

“I am proud to have partnered with Supervisor Santino and the Town of Hempstead in their fight against skin cancer. It is a serious health issue that hardly gets any attention, which is why a program like this is so important,” commented Dr. Sharma.

“South Nassau Communities Hospital, the Town of Hempstead and two local businessmen are doing their part to fight skin cancer,” concluded Santino. “Now it’s time for the public to do their part by practicing sun safety every day.”