We’re really not used to the sun here in Roscommon, and it’s so easy to get a sunburn, thanks to our clean air and unpolluted atmosphere. Here’s some advice on how to keep safe in the sun. And a link to a reminder from Sid the Seagull – the face of the Australian sun-safe programme.
The basic message is Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide
Slip on a shirt and trousers, or a dress with a full length skirt. Clothes made of cotton or linen are light enough to wear without being uncomfortable. For children, long shorts and loose cotton tops (you may have to buy these in the ‘boys’ section as some ‘girls’ clothes don’t give enough protection from the sun)
Slop on the sunscreen. The Irish Cancer Society recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher for adults and SPF 30 or higher for children. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.
Slap on a hat. One with a brim to give shade to your ears and neck and, for children, a funky Legionnaire hat – the ones with a flap on the back to cover the neck.
Seek shade or shelter. Put up the (little used) parasol. Take a walk in the woods rather than across the fields. Sit inside (with the doors and windows open) in the middle of the day.
Slide on some sunglasses.