The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has issued some safety tips for local hikers, advising people to plan ahead and use common sense safety to have an enjoyable adventure.
Hikers are advised to pay attention to weather forecasts, not be too ambitious in their trail selection and to hike early in the day and avoid the most intense direct sun. In addition, people are reminded to wear loose, light-colored and lightweight clothing, a hat to keep the su off your face and neck and to pack sunscreen, according to a news release.
Hikers are reminded to travel in groups rather than going alone, and to stay on clearly marked or well-traveled trails. Last but not least, they are reminded to properly hydrate and to drink plenty of water in the hours before the hike and to take frequent breaks to drink water.
“The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that an unexpected injury, a change in the weather or early darkness can turn a hike into an extended crisis,” Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said in a news release. “By being prepared and safe, you can enjoy everything that hiking has to offer.”