Quote Originally Posted by snifter View Post
It was being discussed over on our sister site, Poms in Oz and I thought I should come back here and cobble together a post on it as it is a pretty important thing to be aware of and many are not.

UV. Needs paying attention to now spring is here. A few things to be aware of

* What is UV? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_index

* UV rating changes throughout the day. Anything over a 3 requires the sunscreen, a hat if possible and anything else you want to chuck at it. If its over 5, I'd definately be wearing a hat, seeking shade in the middle of the day (and possibly an hour or two either side if its really strong).

You can check the UV rating here. http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/uv/adelaide.shtml

You can also download some weather apps that update UV rating over the day and give the forecasted high UV for the day. Worthwhile spending a few $$ if need be.

SunSmart weather app info - http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-...smart-app.html

* UV isn't just there when its clear skies and sunshine. Its there on the cloudy days too. So check the UV rating and suncream up, even on the cloudy days.

SunSmart info, worth a read http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-...ng-skin-cancer

* Educate your kids. It will be done at school but often when kids get home they don't want to put suncream on or top up or wear a hat out. Try to keep the sun smart theme going at home as well and it becomes second nature.

* Rash vests, sun hats (they make UV rated ones for kids and adults) and decent sunscreen. Also decent UV sunglasses.

* Top up the suncream. If you apply the kids suncream as the last thing before heading out the door in the morning, then it should be enough to last them over the day (no afternoon recess here so not out to play once lunch is over). However, if the kids are able, topping up before they eat their lunch isn't a bad thing. Lots of kids have the little clip on tubes on their bags (although am not sure how many actually top up from these). Also as they get older and do sports outside or if its done later in the day, having a tube to top up with is handy.

Same with adults, don't forget to top up. Carry a roll on or small tube in your bag or keep one in your drawer at work if you are going to be heading home and walking any distance.

Don't forget about the tips of your ears, round the back of them and other places you may neglect, hands, toes/feet and backs of arms. Basically, if the sun can get on it, slap some on there.

* Tinted windows - Not just in the car but the house too. If you can't get windows tinted on the car or it doesn't have them, try the window socks (window shades) for the back windows to protect the kids from the harsh glare. Not just the stick on ones but the netted ones you pull down right over the window inside and out.

Here is one site that explains about Window socks - http://www.shevron.com.au/our-produc...-sox-sunshade/
Thank you for this important thread.
I once attended a presentation by a professor that ran the burns unit at a Red Cross Children's Hospital. My OH was raising funds from an open day at one of their fire stations and I was fortunate to be a guest at the presentation. One aspect of his speech stuck with me. He said that for the same amount of exposure (hot water, oil, sunlight) that an adult may have then the burn would be more severe for a child...because children's skin is thinner.
It's so important to cover up in summer. The skin cancer rates in Australia are horrendous.