Donegal v Fermanagh: Warning to be sun safe on match day
CANCER Focus NI is warning fans to take extra care at this Sunday's Ulster Championship Final as forecasters predict warm temperatures and sunshine.
The charity says rays from the sun can damage skin at this time of year even on breezy or cloudy days.
Gerry McElwee, head of cancer prevention at Cancer Focus, said: “When the UV index is three or greater, we need to take steps to protect our skin from over-exposure to UV rays from the sun.
“From April to September, the UV index reaches this level here on most days, even on breezy or cloudy days, especially around the middle of the day from 11am to 3pm when the sun's rays are strongest."
“The UV index here can be as high as seven or eight, particularly around the summer solstice in June."
Ulster GAA has chosen Cancer Focus NI as its charity partner for 2018 and is helping to promoting its ‘Be UV Aware’ campaign at the final.
Mr McElwee said: "We are encouraging everyone to enjoy the sun safely and will be handing out some sunscreen and wristbands to help monitor UV light on match day.”
A huge GAA fan, Gerry - flanked by Paul Brennan (Donegal) and Tomás Corrigan (Fermanagh) - was delighted to get the chance to hold the cup ahead of Sunday’s final between the two teams, while dishing out advice on safety in the sun.
Tips to prevent over-exposure to UV rays:
- Staying in the shade
- Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection
- Wear a broad-brim hat
- Using sun protection with at least an SPF of 15 and a UVA 4-star rating
For more information visit careinthesun.org.