Slip on protective clothing
Wear cool, long, loose fitting clothes with at least UV Protection Factor (UPF) 15.
If you ran out of one, wear dark colored clothes that have tight woven or knit material for the fabric. This will give extra protection from UV rays.
However, do not wear tight clothing or any clothes that may cause suffocation. Make sure that air can still flow and skin can breathe.
Slop SPF 30+ sunscreen or higher
Make sure you apply sunscreen 20 minutes before heading out and re-apply every 2 hours.
Dermatologists approve of sunscreen use even for babies and toddlers. If you are not comfortable, you may try to use brands with baby and toddler formula.
If your skin has a darker colour, you are in luck because you may not need as much sunscreen as fair skinned counterparts. However, this is still your choice, and there is no harm in putting sunscreen – it can reduce the effects of wrinkles due to sun damage.
Slap a hat
Not just any hat. Choose ones that can give much needed cover or shade for the face including the ears and the nape.
Good hats are wide brimmed hats, bucket hats and legionnaire hats. Base ball caps, unfortunately, do not offer enough protection,
Always look for a shade whether from natural or man-made objects. Stay away from direct sun exposure as much as possible.
If you have a baby, it is not advisable to leave them under the sun especially when UV ray index is up at 3 and above.
Slide on a sunglass
Wear Australian standard (AS/NZS 1067:2003) sunglasses or fashion sunglasses category 2,3 or 4 whenever you are appropriate and necessary.
Choose one that has a close fit, wrap around style that is soft and elastic. Find one that is marked with Eye Protection Factor (EPF) 10.
Choose sunglasses for your children as well, toy sunglasses do not have any protection from UV rays.
Babies and children
The frail and the elderly
People who are unwell or have disabilities
If you know anyone who might be vulnerable from heat related stress or illness, check on them every once in a while or give them a call.