Sun Safety

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So with the summer holidays fast approaching, the weather warms up and it’s time to remind everyone about one of the dangers on a beach that often gets forgotten about.

The Sun

The sun radiates light to the earth and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can result in the development of skin cancer and eye diseases. Without adequate protection, you are at risk of exposing yourself to too much sun.

Sensitivity to the sun will depend on skin type but members of the public should be aware of the precautions to reduce the risks:

Shade – Whenever possible try to seek shade.

Sunscreen – Where necessary you should ensure that you wear protective sunscreen in order to reduce exposure to UV rays.

Cover up – When out and about try to wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and where possible a hat with a peak and sunglasses with UV protection.

Water – Drink water often to avoid dehydration.

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