Sun smart reminder for our long, hot summer

Youth Navigators Owen Eagle, Maria Sakaria and Jenna Keil demonstrate how to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap to stay safe in the sun this summer.
January 17, 2020

Sun smart reminder for our long, hot summer


It is recommended that September through to April are the months that we need to be protecting ourselves and our whānau from the Ultra-Violet (UV) radiation in the sun’s rays?

BONUS TIP: Inu Wai! (Drink Water)

It’s easy to become dehydrated in the summer temperatures. Make sure that you and your whānau drink water regularly. Be extra vigilant with your elderly and pēpi (babies) and tamariki (children) that may also need reminding.

The simplest way to cover up is to follow the tried and true “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap,” steps.

  • SLIP ON A SHIRT, SLIP INTO THE SHADE: Slip on a shirt with long sleeves and a tighter weave and dark colours will give you better protection. Slip into the shade of an umbrella of leafy tree. Plan your activities early or later in the day when the sun’s UV levels are lower.
  • SLOP ON SUNSCREEN: slop on plenty of broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Appy20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours and especially after being in the water and sweating.
  • SLAP ON A HAT: Slap on a hat with a wide brim or cap with flaps. More people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body.
  • WRAP ON SUNGLASSES: Choose close fitting, wrap around style sunglasses. Not all sunglasses protect against the UV radiation, so always check the label for the sun protection rating.

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