Slap on a hat | Whakamauria he pōtae whānui te peha
Wear a hat with a wide brim or with flaps covering the ears and neck to stay SunSmart.
As well as damage to the skin, Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause damage to the eyes and the sensitive skin around them. The face, back of the head, eyes and ears have some of the highest levels of UV radiation exposure and a sun-protective hat can substantially reduce this exposure.
Choosing a SunSmart hat
Some hats offer better protection than others.
Wear a hat that protects the face, head, neck and ears, such as a legionnaire, broad-brimmed or deep crown bucket hat. The brim of broad-brimmed hats should be at least 7.5cm for adults, 6cm for children over 8 years, and 5cm for toddlers. Deep crown bucket hats should have a brim of at least 6cm for adults and 5cm for children. Legionnaire hats with flaps covering the ears and neck are also recommended. Baseball caps and visors do not offer enough protection from the sun and are therefore not recommended.
|Age Group||Broad-brimmed hat||Bucket Style hat|
|Children 0 - 8 years||5cm||5cm|
|Children 8 - 12 years||6cm||6cm|
|Children 12 years and above||7.5cm||6cm|
When the Ultraviolet Index (UVI) is 3 and above, for the best protection use all five SunSmart behaviours – Slip on clothing, Slip into shade, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Wrap on sunglasses.