Warmer weather prompts reminder about hiking safety

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The warmer weather is moving in and hikers are already making their way to the trails. The Sandy City Fire Department is taking to social media to get people prepared.

Battalion Chief Eric Larson with the Sandy City Fire Department has these safety tips for hikers.

Be prepared

  • Wear proper footwear, no flip-flops.
  • Bring clothing for unexpected weather changes. Have a puffy coat, rain shell, headlamp, and trekking poles.
  • Stay hydrated and bring enough water for the day. Bring enough food and snacks. 
  • Use good judgment and know when to turn around.
  • Let others know where you are going and when you are anticipating returning. Let them know what trailhead you are starting from. 
  • Do not jump over water streams.
  • Watch children at all times.
  • Pace yourself and train up to your big hike. Do not over-estimate your abilities/fitness.
  • Preferably, hike with a partner.
  • Bring a cell phone but recognize it may not work from your location. 

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