Reminder to Slip Slop Slap as temperatures soar
SOUTH Burnett residents are being reminded to Slip Slop Slap with temperatures set to soar across the long weekend.
Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world with 3600 in the state diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan is urging Queenslanders to keep sun protection top-of-mind this Australia Day.
"Many of us will be taking advantage of the long weekend by spending time outdoors, however, at this time of year, the UV levels hit extreme and unprotected skin could burn in as little as 10 minutes,” Ms McMillan said.
"Where possible, people should avoid excess sun exposure, especially during periods of extreme heat and UV, keep cool and drink as much water as possible.
Kingaroy is forecast to reach a high 33°C on Saturday and 34°C on Sunday and Monday.
Ms McMillan said sun protection is required when the ultraviolent (UV) index is three and above, which is all year round in Queensland, and can even be from as early as 7.20am in summer.
Between January and July 2018 Queensland emergency departments treated 133 people for sunburn and according to the Queensland Government, half of all Queensland adults and children are sunburnt on a yearly basis.
Ms McMillan said it is concerning that people are getting sunburnt so badly they need emergency care.
"Almost all of these cases could have been avoided by using good sun protection measures,” Ms McMillan said.
The Cancer Council advises applying one teaspoon of suncream per limb, for the front and back of the torso, face and neck, including ears, 20 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply at least every two hours.