Summer Sun Safety - What You Need to Know

Summer Sun Safety - What You Need to Know

What does the Aussie summertime mean to you and your family? Picnics on the beach? BBQ’s in the park? Kids playing in the sea? There are so many opportunities for fun in the sun in this beautiful country, but it’s important to remember to look after our health while we’re enjoying the great outdoors.

Cancer Council Australia reports that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Overexposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays during childhood is a major factor in determining future skin cancer risk. Children and babies’ delicate skin makes them particularly susceptible to sun damage and sun burn. While most of us are aware to watch out for sun burn, there may be more damage going on beneath the skin to our cells that we cannot see. Damage which can last a lifetime!

These are important messages that we want to make our families aware of. The good news is that Lifelong Learning Centres take sun protection very seriously, and you can rest assured that when your child is in our care they are safe and well protected. Over 160+ Lifelong Learning Centres across Australia are registered approved SunSmart centres with the Cancer Council of their state or territory. This means that their daily operating policies and procedures have been reviewed and endorsed by the Cancer Council.

Here are some tips from the Cancer Council to ensure the safety of your family when you’re out and about having fun in the sun!
  1. Slip on sun-protective clothing, covering as much skin as possible
  2. Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen, 20 minutes before going outdoors, then every two hours
  3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  4. Seek shade
  5. Slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standards
Remember that children copy those around them and learn by imitation. If you adopt great sun protection behaviours, your children are more likely to do the same!

Cancer Council Australia recommends keeping bubs out of the sun as much as possible for their first 12 months. When you do take them outside, avoid activities in the middle of the day (when UV levels are most intense), cover them up as much as possible and seek out shade. A great resource to help you here is the free SunSmart app which tells you when you need sun protection, provides a seven-day weather forecast, has an alert function and includes a sunscreen calculator.

This month is Healthy Bodies month at Lifelong Learning Centres, and we are promoting “Summer Sun Safety” to our children and families to help establish healthy habits and knowledge that will protect them through life. Chat to your Centre Manager about the activities we’ll be doing and the resources available!

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Posted: 1/1/2018 9:00:00 AM by