As lockdown eases off and the weather warms up, Public Health Services is reminding us to stay safe while enjoying the sunshine.
Over the next few days the UV index is forecast to be at its highest measuring 7, rated High, or even 8, rated Very High.
The index is a useful measure of the UV radiation level which tells us how strong the sun’s UV rays are and when we might be at risk of burning.
The higher the value, the greater the risk of sunburn and the less time it takes to damage your skin.
For those with fair skin, burning can occur in as little as 20 minutes so it is important for everyone to take action.
Public Health Practitioner Emily Davies said: 'Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or at home, it's really important to think about sun protection for yourself and for the children. Cultivating sun safe habits should be part of our healthy regime.'
It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from UV, and it could save your life:
SLIP on a t-shirt (ensuring skin is covered up, especially the shoulders which are vulnerable to burning)
SLOP on sunscreen minimum sun protections factor 15. Use SPF 30 or more for extended periods outdoors and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming
SLAP on a hat with a wide brim and/or neck protection (e.g. legionnaire style caps)
SLIDE on sunglasses with UV protection to shield the eyes
SHADE stay out of the sun between 11.00 and 3.00pm And drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
All these measures can help to prevent sunburn in the first place and avoid the UV damage that can lead to skin cancer over time.
For more information go to https://www.gov.gg/healthyliving