You may have spotted these boxes around and wondered what they are all about. They're UV meters, designed to provide an accurate, live reading of solar UV radiation for that location helping you ensure you're taking the correct measures to protect yourself from the sun.
Unfortunately, many of us still incorrectly believe UV is only significant when the weather is hot, however in WA the UV levels can be high enough to cause skin damage most of the year!
Apart from showing when sun protection is needed at schools, workplaces and outdoor recreational areas, the UV meters are also a fantastic educational tool for people to learn about the UV Index and what it means.
The UV meters are currently installed at Deepwater Point, City of Melville; St Hilda's Anglican Girls School, Mosman Park; Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont; Peter Moyes Anglican School, Mindarie; Peter Carnley Anglican School, Wellard; Singleton Primary School, Singleton; Surfing WA Headquarters, Trigg Beach; Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley; and Perth Airport.
If you don't have a meter new you, a handy way to keep an eye on the UV where you are is to download the free SunSmart app - it can give you the live UV reading for wherever you are in WA, and also has some handy information about how much sunscreen you need.
For more information about the meters and how you can get one for your school, community space or workplace; or to download the free SunSmart app, visit myuv.com.au.
Keen to find out more? Listen to our SunSmart Manager Mark Strickland's chat with ABC 720's Jane Marwick and WA Business News' Mark Pownall, below: