AUSTIN - Texas State Park officials are encouraging their visitors to follow basic safety precautions to stay safe on hiking trails whose temperatures are often at triple digits during the summertime.
Park rangers often deal with heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat strokes during summer months and those issues can be prevented by drinking plenty of water, wearing proper clothing, hiking when the sun is not highest in the sky, checking the forecast ahead of time, and knowing the length of the trail.
Hydration is one of the most important preventative measures that park rangers stress on their visitors. It's necessary for good health and helps with heat tolerance.
Rangers recommend having extra water and to continue drinking before you feel thirsty. Also, if bringing a pet on the hike is on your agenda, bring plenty of water for them too.
A good rule of thumb is to turn back the way you came after half of your water supply is consumed.
It is also important to know your limits, so stop and rest under some shade as needed.
When thinking of what to wear on a hot day, go light! Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Those lighter colors will reflect the sun's rays instead of absorbing them like darker colors tend to do.
If you begin to experience a heat-related emergency, call the park headquarters or 911.
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