New Zealand has the highest rate of melanoma (the serious kind of skin cancer) in the world. So it’s imperative that we are proactive in keeping our families safe from the dangers of the sun.
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Most Kiwis know the sun safety rules, but knowing when to effect them can be confusing, especially if it’s a cooler day, there’s cloud cover, or it’s outside of the summer season.
Protection from the sun is required when the UV levels are 3 or higher. Generally this is between the hours of 10am and 4pm during summer. Even if it’s cloudy or cooler weather, you can still suffer from the effects of the sun if you’re unprotected. You can view today’s UV levels at the NIWA website.
Sun protection alerts
To help you know when to be on alert for sun protection, SunSmart.org provides a Sun Protection Alert for various centres around New Zealand. The alerts update each day, for easy reference. For more locations, click on the settings ‘cog’ in the top right corner of any of the alerts and choose your nearest location.
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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