11 March 2016
Cancer Council SA is reminding people heading outdoors this long weekend, and throughout the month, that UV levels remain in the very high range in South Australia.
Autumn often marks the start of some more fluctuating weather, however with this comes the risk of people underestimating the chances of getting sunburnt.
Cancer Council SA is warning people that temperature and cloud cover should not be used to predict the level of UV on any given day.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that despite now being in autumn, people should continue to check UV on a daily basis.
“In recent years, we have not seen UV drop below three until well into May, so there is no doubt that UV levels will remain at skin damaging levels for the coming weeks,” Mr Size said.
“It’s looking like being a warm long weekend and many people are likely to spend time outdoors.
“There are many wonderful events and festivities occurring throughout March and our message is to avoid looking red-faced by being caught out unprotected in the sun.
“We’ll have warm and cool periods over the next couple of months, however the one constant will be our damaging UV levels which will remain above 3 every day.
“It is the sun’s UV that causes the life-long damage to our skin so people should not be complacent with their skin protection.
“Whether attending the Fringe, WOMADelaide, the Adelaide Cup, music festivals, sporting events or simply enjoying time outdoors, we encourage all South Australians to take the appropriate precautions and protect their skin.”
Recent Cancer Council research findings showed half of weekend sunburns occur while people are going about day-to-day activities, with the home replacing the iconic summer beach scene as a sunburn hotspot.
“Incidental sunburns are catching people out. It may not occur to people that sun protection is just as important whether you are in the backyard, lying in the park or hanging out at the beach.
“As soon as UV levels reach three and above we encourage people to protect themselves in five different ways - ‘slip, slop, slap, seek and slide’.
“At this time of the year, it can mean being SunSmart from as early as 10am to as late as 5pm, but the best thing to do is download our free ‘SunSmart’ App for your daily sun protection times and sunscreen reminders.”
SunSmart’s free UV App can be downloaded from Cancer Council SA at www.cancersa.org.au/sunsmart-app.
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