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Heat Related Death & Injury 2013

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Heat Related Death & Injury 2013

This is for anyone who is out hiking between now and October...we had 4 mountain rescues within the city limits of Phx and Scottsdale this weekend alone, all during an excessive heat advisory. Hikers were helicoptered off the top of mountains and "big wheeled" down as well with injuries and heat stress that required fire department rescue squads to respond.

And sadly there was a death out in the White Tank Mtns of a 21 year old man, due to heat related cardiac arrest - today.

We are not being overly dramatic when we tell you to bring plenty of water, hike at dawn and dress appropriately. A bottle of water in your back pocket will not suffice. A hat with a wide brim will cool more than just your head but will shade your body as well. Decent hiking shoes might be hot but they will keep you from slipping on our loose gravel (into a cactus or worse) when you are worn out from the heat.

You don't want to be headline back in your hometown newspaper...(ok, maybe that was overly dramatic..but you don't do you?)

Here is some great info from our local fire department, who by the way would be the ones to come haul you off the trail if you run into trouble:

www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/heatstress

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1. Re: Heat Related Death & Injury 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of life! That's just awful. My condolences to the young man's family. :(

I agree wholeheartedly with everything AZFan mentioned. And no, you aren't being overly dramatic! Also, don't forget electrolytes. I was hiking Squaw Peak one summer day when a woman collapsed and had seizures due to not drinking enough electrolytes. It was a scary time waiting for the paramedics to hike halfway up the mountain.

Be careful out there, everyone, and be smart about the heat.

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2. Re: Heat Related Death & Injury 2013

Sadly we live in a time where people believe that they are impervious to injuries and that warnings aren't for them. And then they figure that if anything goes wrong there will be rescuers who will take care of their needs. These attitudes are the reason why all of the negative statistics are rising every year.

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3. Re: Heat Related Death & Injury 2013

Well said RedRox!

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