Sun Safety

Why is sun safety important?

Did you know that?

  • One blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life
  • Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer and is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds.
  • 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UVR from the sun and/or sunbeds making it skin cancer largely PREVENTABLE.

 

Did you know? If your shadow is shorter than you, you could burn!

Remember your child needs to wear sun protection at school. Make sure you put lots on them before they go and send extra sunscreen into school in a labelled bottle for them to reapply throughout the day. It’s advisable to wear it on overcast and cloudy days too.

You don’t have to buy expensive brands, cheap ones are fine as long as they are at least factor 15 and UVA 4 star rated.

Check the expiry date on your sunscreen – most only last a year or 2. Make sure you store it in a cool place or the protective chemicals can be ruined.

Always remember vulnerable areas like ears, back of hands, neck and feet. Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to avoiding getting caught out by sunburn

Hats: Wide brimmed or legionnaire styles offer the most protection

Shade is best for children – encourage them to play in shady areas at break and lunchtimes when the sun is out

 

The Heatwave Plan for England 2015 recommended that when the temperature is 30oC+, children should not take part in vigorous physical activity. Children should also stay hydrated in the sun, water is best.

 

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/how-the-sun-and-uv-cause-cancer

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx