Staying safe over summer

It’s the time of year where we love to get out and about, enjoy the summer heat and get into the great outdoors… but it’s also statistically the most dangerous for New Zealand locals.

In line with our levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun being the strongest in the world, New Zealand is unfortunately also leading the world in rates of melanoma skin cancer, accounting for around 300 deaths per year.

More than 90% of melanoma skin cancers are caused by UV exposure, and the clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes mean the levels of UV are stronger than most other parts of the world, such as Europe and North America.

Although some scientists assert the hole in the ozone layer may be starting to shrink, it is always wise to protect yourself and your loved ones by taking precautions over the summer period. Follow the New Zealand government’s SunSmart advice, and check the UVI forecast to prepare for any outdoor activities.

Appco Group New Zealand encourages all in its affiliate network to follow the official advice, with much of Independent Commission Agents’ business activity, like many other New Zealanders, being conducted outdoors.

Stay both smart and safe over the summer, and enjoy the best of the sunny season responsibly.


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