Beach Safety 101: Sunscreen!

Most everyone knows that Australia is a place where the sun just isn't too friendly, but it almost seems that not enough people take all the talk about sun safety so seriously. If you watch TV, you will have probably seen some pretty graphic and eye-opening commercials about skin cancer in this country, but... did it change anything? Did you choose to put on sunscreen that day or wear a long sleeve shirt and hat to the beach? Are we doing enough?

We care about the health and well-being of our tenants, so we want them to be well-informed of the dangers of the Australian sun. The facts sheet available on the The Department of Health and Ageing's website is quite the shock, but these facts should be known.

Did you know:

  • Australia has the highest skin cancer incidence rate in the world.
  • Australians are four times more likely to develop a skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
  • Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Now, we don't want to scare anybody from totally avoiding the beach. The sun can still be enjoyed; there just needs to be more precautions in line.

Creative Commons License photo credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester}

Tips for proper sun protection:

  1. Wear a hat!

  2. Long sleeves!

  3. Find shade!

  4. Good sunglasses!

  5. Apply SPF30+ sunscreen!

When not in the water at the beach, cover with light clothing.

Apply sunscreen regularly, especially if you have been swimming.

Avoid the prime sun hours of the day when the sun is the strongest.