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Health Tip: Take a Hike

But heed these precautions

(HealthDayNews) -- Now that it's hiking and camping season, it might be a good idea to review some simple safety precautions before you head into the great outdoors.

The American Red Cross offers these suggestions:

  • Review the equipment, supplies and skills that you'll need for your outing. Consider the kinds of emergencies you may encounter and plan for them.
  • Hone your outdoor skills. For example, if you need to know how to use a compass, erect a temporary shelter or provide first aid, ensure that you practice these skills before the trip.
  • Make sure that you're in proper physical condition for your adventure.
  • It's best to hike or camp with at least one other person. If you're traveling to a remote area, you should have a minimum of four people in your group. If someone becomes injured or sick, one person can stay with the victim while the two others go for help.
  • Bring emergency signaling devices. In case of emergency, know the location of the nearest ranger station.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone. It should include details about your vehicle, a list of equipment you have with you, and your scheduled date of return.
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