Sun protection reminder
The start of the school year means clear skies and high temperatures across most of WA – a perfect time for students (and teachers) to get outside. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is not the same as heat, and the UV can be high even on cool days. The average February UV Index hits extreme levels (regardless of the temperature), meaning skin damage can occur in as little as 10 minutes. The UV levels remain in the high to extreme range across WA for all of term 1.
Cancer Council WA’s recommendations to protect from skin damage:
- If possible, schedule outdoor lessons out of peak UV times (the middle of the day). Where this is not possible, utilise shade during lessons.
- Use longer clothing with a collar to protect as much skin as possible.
- Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Try to give students a chance to apply sunscreen at the start of an outdoor lesson.
- Use a hat that protects the head. Baseball style caps don’t protect vulnerable, sun-exposed parts of the head. Make sure your hat’s got a brim.
- Check the daily UV forecast on the BOM website or on the free SunSmart app. When the UV Index is 3 or above, use sun protection.
For more information, visit www.generationsunsmart.com.au