- Cancer Prevention
- Sun protection
- Understanding UV radiation
- Finding out the UV radiation levels in your area
Finding out the UV radiation levels in your area
If we can’t see or feel UV, how do we know when we need to use sun protection? You can check the sun protection times for your local area via resources such as the free SunSmart app, the Bureau of Meteorology website, in the weather section of daily newspapers, or by embedding the SunSmart UV alert onto your website.
The SunSmart App for Smartphones
Search for the free SunSmart app on your Smartphone to check your daily local sun protection time.
What is the UV Index?
The UV Index was developed by the World Health Organisation to measure the intensity of the sun on any given day. The UV index ranges from zero (none, e.g. at night) to 11+, which is extreme. When the UV index reaches 3, sun protection is required for the general population.
In NSW the UV is high enough (i.e. at least 3 or above) to damage unprotected skin at least 10 months of the year so it’s important to remember that sun protection is something we need all year round, not just in the warmer months.
The SunSmart UV Alert uses the UV Index to demonstrate how UV levels rise and drop throughout the day. It is often presented in the shape of a bell curve to show how UV radiation levels change throughout the day – lower in the morning, highest in the middle part of the day and gradually dropping again throughout the afternoon.
Download this UV Alert poster to help understand how to read the daily UV Alert.
SunSmart UV alert widget
To add the UV Alert widget to your website, copy the below code and paste it into your website
<iframe id=”uvindexwidget” src=”https://www.sunsmart.com.au/uvalert/default.asp?version=australia&locationid=60″ width=”170″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”padding:0; margin: 0px; overflow:hidden;” allowtransparency=”true”></iframe></textarea>
New South Wales:
<iframe id=”uvindexwidget” src=”https://www.sunsmart.com.au/uvalert/default.asp?locationid=60″ width=”170″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”padding:0; margin: 0px; overflow:hidden;” allowtransparency=”true”></iframe></textarea>