With temperatures in the 90's and the sun shining all day , many took advantage and hit their favorite hiking spots, unfortunately leading to a busy weekend for rescue crews.
Southern Arizona Rescue Association helped 16 people who either were lost, injured, or suffered heat-related illnesses this weekend when temperatures surged toward 90 degrees. In Tucson, five hikers were rescued in two separate incidents. According to officials, they are expecting more of these calls for help now that the weather is getting warmer.
So how do you stay safe along the trails? Before hitting Tucson's trails, consider these tips for safety:
- Have a plan: hiking guides say the first thing someone needs to do is make sure that you tell your loved ones where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Bring water: bring at least 1 liter of water for every hour hiking.
- Dress appropriately: your hiking clothes should be lightweight and light-colored. Wear comfortable shoes and a wide-brimmed hat to shade yourself from the sun.
- Watch the weather: Keep track of temperatures because they can change to be dry and deadly.
- keep in contact: always carry your cell phone for an emergency.
It is also a good idea to team up and hike with others. However, if you plan on hiking on your own, it is important to be honest with yourself and your hiking abilities do not push yourself.