Take steps to stay healthy in the heat

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DENVER -- Jefferson County Park Rangers have had multiple heat exhaustion incidents already this week. The summer heat is just starting up, so it’s important to plan ahead before you head outdoors.

Tips from park rangers:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Hike at cooler hours
  • Tell someone where you are headed and when you plan to return

“Find some place shady, hydrate and give your body a chance to catch up,” Jefferson County Park Ranger Gina Basse recommended if you experience heat exhaustion symptoms.

If symptoms do not improve, heat exhaustion can be very dangerous.

“The people around you notice that you are not acting normally and you tend not to improve,” Basse said. “In those cases that’s the person that needs the 911 phone call.”

Experienced hikers we spoke to on the trails said it’s a good idea to hydrate before you head outside and bring extra water in case of emergency.