The Knowsley Council Public Health and Wellbeing Team has recently launched their ‘Stay Safe in the Sun’ campaign. During the next few months they hope to raise awareness of sun safety and the early detection and prevention of skin cancer.
The Prescot School also believes it is very important to stay safe in the sun and would encourage our pupils and parents to follow safety guidelines to ensure they are protected and enjoy the sun safely.
Cancer Research UK has developed some extremely useful guidelines including Ways to Enjoy the Sun Safely.
Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Children and teenagers might need a reminder or a helping hand, but setting a good example yourself is a great way to help them learn and get into good habits.
When the sun is strong or you’re at risk of burning:
- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
- Cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
- Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.