Being sun safe everyday is important for all Queenslanders – whether you’re at school, at play, at work or at home.
Around the home we carry out many activities that can expose us to the sun, for example, gardening, doing the washing, carrying out odd jobs, swimming in the pool, playing with the children or simply relaxing.
Here are some simple tips to make sure you can be sun safe around the home:
- Plan your activities to avoid the middle of the day - playing, working, doing jobs outside the house can all be rescheduled to be done early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
- Consider the activities of other countries that live by the ‘siesta’ rule and take time out in the middle of the day.
- Dress appropriately for the activity and consider clothes which will cover most of your skin. Clothes with a collar and long sleeve are best as are long pants or skirts. Consider clothes made from a close weave cotton to allow the skin to breathe.
- Choose a well fitting broad brim hat which will protect the face and neck
- Don’t forget to thickly apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed skin, 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours.
- Slide on some sunglasses to protect your eyes. Choose well fitting sunglasses which meet the Australian / New Zealand Standard AS1067 and preferably has an Eye Protection Factor (EPF) of 10.