As the summer’s last hurrah, Labor Day can be synonymous with outdoor activity. If you’re looking to spend time outside this weekend, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants to remind you about the importance of staying safe.
Here are some tips if you’re planning to go hiking – or spend extended time outside – during the remaining summer days:
- Take plenty of water
- Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses
- Take breaks in the shade, if possible
- Take a fully charged mobile phone and let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
- Wear loose, lightweight clothing and sturdy shoes with traction
- Follow all posted safety rules
- Bring extra food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a multi-purpose tool and a whistle
MAKE A PLAN
It’s important to plan before you leave your home. Whether you’re camping, hiking or just going outside for some relaxing, know the route you’ll be taking and how long you plan to be gone.
Tell a responsible person about your plans and when you anticipate you’ll be home. if you don’t come back in a reasonable amount of time, they can notify local authorities and provide them with details that can be really important if you need to be rescued.
Even if you don’t plan on being outdoors for very long, it’s important to be prepared for changing conditions or being gone longer than expected. Pack extra resources including food, water and clothing. Weather conditions can change quickly, so it’s best to have extra layers in case you’re out later in the day and it starts to cool off. Packing ahead of time will ensure you’re prepared for any situation.
If you’ll be hiking, ensure you have plenty of water and food. It’s easy to get off trail so you might end up out longer than you anticipated.
CHECK THE WEATHER
It’s best to be prepared for any and all situations. Checking the weather for the day of your trip ensures you know what clothing to wear and what additional supplies you may need. It’s also a good idea to check the weather for the following day and pack additional supplies. If you end up stuck outside overnight, you’ll be prepared with additional resources until help arrives.
DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS
Many people want to go outside and take their pets with them. Be sure to limit their exercise if it’s a hot day and always provide plenty of water for them to drink. Most importantly, never leave your pet in a hot vehicle.