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Hittin’ the Trails: How to prevent a heat-related rescue

TUCSON – Temperatures aren’t the only thing rising this weekend. If history is any indicator, hiker rescues will increase as well.

With that in mind, here are some reminders for “Hittin’ the Trails” safely as the days get warmer.

– Rural Metro Fire wants you to know you limits. If you are a first time hiker, pick a trail that is familiar and don”t hike alone.  Medical and Health issues can easily be exacerbated by hiking in steep terrain in the heat.

– Before you go, tell someone where you are going. Bring along a cell phone as well in case the unexpected happens.

– Hydration is key. Avoid alcohol the night before, and drink water before the hike. Bring plenty of water and food with you.

– Abide by the “Half Bottle Rule”. If half of your water supply is gone, it’s time to head back to the trailhead.

– Wear the right clothing. wear hiking boots, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The sun can be intense.

– Avoid hiking at night. Its easy to get lost and wildlife including snakes come out at night.

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish is an award-winning meteorologist at KVOA. You can watch his weekday weather forecasts on Tucson Today & News 4 Tucson at Noon. He has also contributed his weather expertise to The Weather Channel, Washington Post, New York Times, AM 1030 KVOI and the Arizona Daily Star.
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