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Sun Awareness Week - 1st May - 7th May 2023

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Friday 28 April 2023

The Ultraviolet (UV) index has started to increase and surprisingly, it can be higher in May than in August. When UV radiation levels are high we are more at risk of sun burn and eye damage.

So, whether you're heading to a Coronation Day garden party, watching the Liberation Day Military Parade or simply heading to the beach 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.  Public Health services would therefore like to share practical advice on sun safety, vitamin D and how to enjoy the sun safely.

The UV index is a useful measure of the UV radiation level. It 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.  Some people can burn when the UV Index is as low as 2 or 3.

The UK Government advises that we should all consider taking a 10-microgram vitamin D supplement during autumn and winter months (between October and March), because we may not be getting enough vitamin D from sun exposure.  However, 10-30 minutes of sun exposure a few times a week from April-September should be enough for most people to generate adequate levels of vitamin D.

However, some people are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency and should speak to their health professional about taking a supplement all year round. This includes individuals with dark skin (for example if you are of African, African Caribbean or South Asian origin) and individuals who need to cover the majority of their skin whilst outside or who spend lots of time indoors.

In addition, children aged 1-4 years and babies who have less than 500 mls of infant formula per day should take a daily supplement throughout the year.

It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy the sun safely and protect 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 (this is to protect the skin from sunburn).

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 find some shade in the hottest part of the day. (This is so that the body can cool down).

Drink water (this is to keep the body hydrated which helps it to work properly in the hot weather).

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.

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