18 January 2018
The HOT Topic! Sun Safety – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
Australia is renowned for hot temperatures, long summers and an active outdoor lifestyle. As we experience another week of high temperatures it is a timely reminder to protect ourselves and pets in the heat. Heatwaves can make existing medical conditions worse so it is important to look after yourself and keep in contact with sick or frail friends, neighbours or relatives.
How to protect yourself in the heat
- Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of water. If you have a medical condition ensure you check with your Doctor on the appropriate amount of water. Although uncommon it is possible to drink too much water that can cause serious heath complications.
- Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide*
- Slip on sun protective clothing – if participating in outdoor water activities there is a wide variety of sun protection clothing available including long length rashies
- Slop – wear sunscreen, preferably 30+ or higher broad-spectrum
- Slap on a hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
- Avoid strenuous exercise especially in the heat of the day
- Book regular skin check-ups
- Store medicines and food at the recommended temperatures.
- Keep yourself cool – use wet towels, take cool (not cold) showers, put your hair up etc.
- Keep your house cool or spend time in air-conditioned buildings (for example shopping centres, cinemas, libraries etc.) – close all the blinds, turn on air conditioning and fans
- Take it easy and rest. See your Doctor if feeling unwell.
- Don’t leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians*. Make sure you make an appointment with your Doctor, Skin Cancer Clinic or Dermatologist if you are concerned about any skin spots.