Thursday, August 29, 2013

Meter warns of sunburn risk

The Cancer Council WA wants public UV index meters installed in school playgrounds and at popular beaches, parks and sporting grounds to warn of sunburn and skin cancer risks.

Australia's first public UV index meter, which measures solar radiation intensity every minute, was switched on at Deep Water Point in Mt Pleasant this week. The real-time UV index meter, which only recently became possible with new technology, would show when the UV level was above three - the level when people are advised to protect themselves from the sun.

Sounds like a good idea - to help people know how much radiation they are receiving from the big radiator in the sky.

Dr Guy Hingston.