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Radiation

Non-ionising radiation

Simple actions that an individual or household can take to reduce exposure to EMF:

  • Limit the number and length of mobile calls
  • Keep mobile phones away from the head and body during phone calls, and use "hands-free" devices where possible
  • The use of mobile phones should be avoided by very young children
  • Using the phone in areas of good reception also decreases exposure  to radiation as it allows the phone to transmit at reduced power
 

Ultra-violet radiation

Simple actions that an individual or household can take to reduce exposure to Ultra violet radiation:
 
Keep yourself and children out of direct sunlight particularly in summer while working, playing, exercising or relaxing outdoors. Especially limit time spent in the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, when the sun’s damaging rays are strongest.
  • Dress in long-sleeved, cool, light-colored clothing in summer as much as possible. Look for swimwear with SPF ratings for children.
  • Use the appropriate amounts of high factor sunscreen on exposed areas of your skin and reapply according to the package instructions. Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. Even when applied correctly, no sunscreen blocks UV radiation completely. Therefore, sunscreen should never be used as the first or only method of sun protection, or to extend the amount of time spent in the sun.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun; use a hat with a full brim and good quality sunglasses with UV protection that fit well
  • Set an example to your children. Follow the above tips.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand as these reflect the damaging rays of the sun and increase your chance of sunburn
  • Watch for the UV Index which provides important information to help plan outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun’s rays
  • Where possible, schedule outdoor activities to avoid peak UV radiation periods and to make the best possible use of shaded areas or indoor facilities
  • Recognise and promote the value of shade-providing trees in your locality, recreational areas, etc.
  • Use tanning beds and sunlamps with caution
  • Carefully examine all of your skin once a month. A new or changing mole in an adult should be evaluated by a dermatologist.