Sun safety advice for islanders as UV index 'very high'

Public Health officials in Guernsey are advising islanders on how to enjoy the sun safely.

It comes as the UV index - which measures radiation levels - is forecast to hit seven (rated high) and eight (rated very high).

These figures tell us how strong the sun's UV rays are, and when we might be at risk of burning. The higher the value, the greater the risk of sunburn and the less time it takes to damage your skin.

For those with fair skin, burning can occur in as little as 20 minutes.

As well as staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, islanders are being asked to follow the following steps:

  • SLIP on a t-shirt (ensuring skin is covered up, especially the shoulders which are vulnerable to burning).

  • SLOP on sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor 15. Use SPF 30 or more for extended periods outdoors, and reapply every two hours or after swimming.

  • SLAP on a hat with a wide brim and/or neck protection (e.g. legionnaire style caps).

  • SLIDE on sunglasses with UV protection to shield the eyes.

  • SHADE stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.