21 September 2012
As parents and kids prepare for the school holidays to commence, Cancer Council is reminding families that UV levels are rising and so it is important to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when heading outdoors.
With spring in full swing and summer only around the corner, it’s likely that families will be spending more of their time outdoors these holidays, but with UV levels climbing fast Cancer Council SA is reminding people to not get caught out unprotected these holidays.
“While it has been ‘hats on’ for SunSmart schools since the start of this month, it is important that parents continue this message when children are away from school grounds,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“Preventing skin damage during childhood years is particularly important to reducing the risk of skin cancer later in life.
“It’s also really important that families who are planning a day out remember to check the UV Alert to see at what times of the day UV levels are going to be above three and protect their family’s skin accordingly.
“Unfortunately, more than one quarter of South Australians still use temperature as their main guide to decide on whether they need to cover up, which can be quite dangerous at this time of year.
“The majority of people actually burn when the temperature is below 27 degrees, so while temperatures in September and October may still be mild, we still need to remember to cover up in five different ways:
- Slip on some sun protective clothing
- Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen
- Slap on a shady hat, that protects the face, ears and neck
- Seek shade whenever possible
- Slide on some wraparound sunglasses”
To help people check UV levels daily, Cancer Council has developed a free ‘SunSmart’ App that is available from iTunes or at www.sunsmart.com.au for Android and other smartphones.
The SunSmart UV Alert also appears daily on the weather page of The Advertiser and some regional newspapers, television weather segments. The UV Alert is also available on the Bureau of Meteorology website.