Thank you to Turner Primary School students for demonstrating just how simple (and cool) Hats On in August can be for Canberra schools.
Being SunSmart is all about being smart when under the sun, this includes having an understanding around the balance between UV exposure, sun protection and vitamin D.
To minimise students and workers risk of skin cancer, ACT schools are required to adopt a combination of sun protection measures when spending time outdoors when UV levels reach 3 and above.
In Canberra this will be for part or most of each day from around August through to the end of May. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issues a daily SunSmart UV Alert when UV levels are forecast to reach 3 and above, a daily Alert clearly displays what time of the day you need to take care of your skin when spending time outdoors in Canberra.
Remember, extra care should always be taken during the "peak UV period" of the year. Cancer Council ACT recommend schools and early childhood services aim to at least minimise their outdoor activities and events when possible between 11am and 3pm during the summer/ daylight saving period of the year, this is the time when UV levels are at their strongest, increasing your risk of sunburn and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Cancer Council ACT has numerous free SunSmart resources to assist ACT primary schools maintain a positive and balanced approach to being SunSmart including free Generation SunSmart Professional Learning modules for Canberra teachers to take advantage off.