“Be Smart in the Sun" this Bank Holiday

As the great weather is set to continue we would like to remind you to “Be Smart in the Sun”. We recommend that you make yourself aware of the weather forecast and seek shade, cover up, wear sunglasses and sunscreen.

You can check the weather on our website. Either goto the Blog tab and scroll down for the Aghada area, or goto our home page, on the right hand side look for local weather.

Getting too much sun can be harmful whatever your age. It exposes your skin to ultra violet radiation (UV rays) that can damage skin and may lead to skin cancer. With good protection against UV rays, most cases of skin cancer could be avoided. Check the UV Index each day to understand the risk level and follow the steps below to get the best protection possible.

Step 1: Seek some shade

Good shade can give up to 75% protection from UV rays protecting from direct and indirect UV rays. When outdoors, UV rays can reach you in one of two ways:

  • Directly from the sun

  • Indirectly scattered by clouds or particles in the atmosphere. They can also reflect from surfaces like snow, sea water and concrete

Step 2: Slip on some clothes

One of the simplest things you can do to protect your skin from UV rays is to cover it with clothes. Make sure you choose a hat which gives shade to the face, neck, head and ears. Choose clothes that cover as much skin as possible. For example, three-quarter length sleeves and three-quarter length trousers. Some fabrics give better UV protection than others. Here is information about what to consider when deciding what to wear:

Clothing offering better sun protection:

  • Linen, cotton and hemp let less UV rays through.

  • Dark clothes block more UV rays than light coloured clothes.

  • UPF* clothes block UV rays from passing thro