The Headwear Association is planning to give away a whole lot of hats across the country this week as part of an awareness campaign about the damage the sun can cause to unprotected skin.
As part of its annual Hat Day in the Sun, the trade group is set to distribute, free of charge, thousands of wide-brimmed, sun-protection hats on Wednesday in cities including New York, Boston and Boulder, Colo. A SoCal hat handout is scheduled for Friday at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market.
The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Co., Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, F&M Hats and San Diego Hat Co.
The group has also shared the following tips as to what makes a good sun hat:
"Wide brims. Choose hats with at least a 2½-inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women's hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.