It’s been 40 years since Sid the seagull graced our television screens, encouraging us to Slip, Slop, Slap when we’re out and about in the Queensland sun.
Good old Sid may be considered a little retro these days, but his message is still incredibly important, especially considering each year, around 4000 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma.
The fact still remains that Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
So, we’re giving Sid a bit of a refresh with his updated message, including more ways you can be safe in the sun.
You can reduce your skin cancer risk by following the five sun safety behaviours when UV levels reach 3 or above.
on protective clothing such as a dark coloured, long sleeve shirt, or a rashie when swimming.
on broad spectrum, water-resistant SPF30 or higher sunscreen, and remember to reapply at least once every two hours.
on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, nose, neck and ears.
shade by making use of naturally shady areas under trees and built shade structures, or bring your own portable shade with you, such as an umbrella or beach tent.
on a pair of close fitting, wrap around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS 1067 and provide an Eye Protection Factor (EPF) of 9 or above.
Check today’s UV
Whenever UV levels reach three or above (which is all year round in Queensland), use a combination of all five sun behaviours to minimise your skin cancer risk. You can check the UV rating anywhere in Australia by downloading the SunSmart app. It’ll tell you what hours in the day you should be protecting yourself from the sun, so you can make more informed decisions about how and when to be sun safe.