Hertfordshire County Council issues sun safety advice for Sun Awareness Week
Published: 15 May 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public
Health has issued sun awareness advice as temperatures look set to rise across
The advice from the county council comes during Sun
Awareness Week, a campaign to highlight the dangers of long exposure to the sun
and to promote safety when outside.
Executive Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said:
“Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your skin, and
getting sunburnt increases your risk of skin cancer.
“The best way to protect your skin is to wear sun screen.
You can also make sure to wear a hat, or cover your skin. Simple measures like
this can save your skin from harmful and painful damage caused by the sun when
“Children are particularly vulnerable to skin damage and
parents are urged to send their children to school with hats and sun cream that
would provide protection for the whole day.”
Liz Winter, a mother of one from Hatfield, said applying sun
cream on her daughter’s skin before school is a necessity during summer months
adding, “I treat sun lotion like an addition to the school uniform. Our school
insists on sun hats and sun cream, and quite rightly as the children will be
exposed to the sun when playing in the playground.”
The county council’s trading standards team have also given
their advice for choosing suitable sun protection products; urging consumers to
be aware of the protection values when purchasing sun lotions to check that it
has both a UVA protection value (indicated by a star rating or circular UVA
symbol) and a sun protection factor (SPF rating) relating to UVB rays. Greater
protection is offered the higher the SPF number and the greater the number of
The advice from the trading standards team is that consumers
should treat all claims of protection as an indication rather than an absolute
and should be aware that no sunscreen product can provide 100 per cent
protection against hazardous UV rays.