Lifeguard Adam Jurd shows off the sunscreen alarm at the Grafton Aquatic Centre this summer. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Lifeguard Adam Jurd shows off the sunscreen alarm at the Grafton Aquatic Centre this summer. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Slop more on at the swimming pool

THERE'S a new RSA - responsible sunscreen application - operating at a Clarence Valley swimming pool this summer.

Grafton Memorial Pool has joined other swimming pools on the North Coast in a Cancer Council push to make sure their patrons maintain their coverage of sunscreen during the hottest part of the day.

Grafton Pool manager Allura Paterson said an alarm sounds regularly, playing the Cancer Council's five-second jingle to remind people to renew their sunscreen.

Ms Paterson said it had been well received, particularly by parents of young children.

"Parents are much more responsible with their children when it comes to the sun," she said.

"When you see most parents come into the pool, they're lathering their kids with sunscreeen."

Ms Paterson said pool owners were also much more careful these days.

"If we see someone at the pool getting really burnt we'll take them aside and say it might be a good idea they go home," she said.

Cancer Council community programs coordinator Sandra Rowan said the sunscreen alarm was backed up by signage and a supply of free sunscreen.

"We trialled it in Lismore last summer and have it running from pools in Lismore, Casino and Byron Bay and Grafton this year," she said.

"It's targeted at people under 18."

BE SUN SMART

  • Slip on some sun protective clothing - that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on at least SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant 20 minutes before you head out and make sure to take a bottle or tube with you so you can re-apply every two hours.
  • Slap on a hat - a wide brimmed hat will protect your face, head, neck and ears. Baseball caps do not provide enough coverage.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses - make sure they meet Australian Standards, are close-fitting and cover as much of the eye area as possible.


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