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How will you protect your students this summer?
The good news is skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. You simply need to know what to do and when to do it.
If we could see UV radiation, we’d see it reaching us directly from the sun, reflecting off different surfaces, particularly ones that are smooth, shiny and light coloured and being scattered by particles in the air. UV rays reach us at different angles and in different directions which is why a combination of sun protection measures is recommended.
The first step is to determine what the UV levels are and when sun protection is needed. The SunSmart app indicates daily sun protection times and UV levels for various locations across Australia. The sun protection times are forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher. At these levels, sun protection is recommended for all skin types.
Schools are encouraged to add the free SunSmart Widget to their website so students, staff and families can access the information daily and be protected from UV when they need to be. Contact Matt Humphrey if you need technical help adding this widget to your school's website.
Staff who work outdoors such as grounds staff and PE teachers are advised to use sun protection at all times as their UV exposure is greater.
Whenever the UV is 3 or higher
Check the daily sun protection times for your local area and during those times (when UV levels are 3 or higher), it’s important to use a combination of these five SunSmart steps.
1. Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
2. Slop on SPF30 (or higher), broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
3. Slap on a hat that protects the face, neck and ears.
4. Seek shade – make sure it is dense.
5. Slide on sunglasses, if practical.