Park & Trail Safety While You Hike this Fall
Sign points to a hiking trail in woods in autumn

Park & Trail Safety While You Hike this Fall

Going for a hike or taking your kids to play at your local park can be wonderful activities to incorporate into your routine with the beautiful Pennsylvania weather in the fall. However, with these activities also comes the potential for injuries.

Possible Injuries That Can Occur at the Park

Injuries at the park are vast in possibilities. Rotting wood, loose nails, rusty equipment, or any other issues that occur when park playgrounds are not well maintained can all be hazards to you or your accompanying friends or children. Misusing or overusing the equipment can also be a great danger that can result in broken or sprained bones, dislocations, and concussions.

Similarly, hiking can result in many serious injuries, some of which are weather or nature related like hypothermia, sunburns, and even bug bites. Other injuries include dehydration, sprains, blisters, etc.

Ways to Prevent Injuries while Hiking

Although there are some unpredictable situations, most injuries are preventable with the right preparation. If you plan on spending significant time outdoors, such as by taking a hike, it is important to research your route. It is also crucial to have a plan for all possible weather conditions and dress appropriately, which includes comfortable and supportive shoes. Other tips for hikes include eating a nutritious meal or snack prior to your outing and making sure you have access to water to prevent dehydration. You should acknowledge your own physical abilities and skill level and allow yourself to take breaks to rest during your hike, as needed.

How to Be Prepared for a Hike

In addition to researching your hike, there are some necessary items you should pack to be as prepared as possible. Water is a necessity, but other items that could be beneficial for you on your hike include:

  • Food, such as granola or protein bars
  • Bug spray
  • A first aid kit
  • Sun protection, such as sunscreen or a hat
  • A map
  • Flashlights
  • Emergency shelter
  • A fire starter

Because the days are shorter in the fall, it is also important to plan for the darker hours and know what time the sun will set the day of your hike.

Reach Out to an Attorney If You Were Hurt

At Marcus and Mack, we hope you all are enjoying the Pennsylvania fall weather and encourage everyone to stay safe when hiking or spending extended time outdoors. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today to speak to one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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