NEW YORK STATE (WWTI) — As the summer season begins, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging residents to focus on safety.
The department is advising residents to be prepared before leaving the house, and shared a list of supplies residents should consider bringing with them on their outdoor excursions. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos stressed the importance of safety and being aware of potential dangers when outdoors.
“Recreating safely and responsibly starts with planning ahead before visiting the Adirondacks, Catskills, and any of New York’s wild places,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Preparing for potential dangers and changing weather conditions and knowing your limits before hiking into the backcountry can mean the difference between life and death. To protect yourself and others, I’m encouraging outdoor adventurers to make plans ahead and make smart decisions to prevent accidents before they occur.”
DEC advised residents to wear the proper gear and attire, including sturdy comfortable boots. They also reminded hikers to wear layers even in the summer, choose moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics that keep your skin dry and help regulate your body temperature in both cold and warm weather, and wear light-colored clothing so it is easier to spot ticks.
The department also released a list of ten hiking essentials. They recommended that hikers carry the listed items in a day pack on all hikes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
- GPS system
- Extra batteries
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Thermal undergarments (pack extra)
- Wool socks (pack extra)
- Goggles – Winter
- Face mask – Winter
- Extra batteries
FIRST AID SUPPLIES
- Use a pre-made kit or build your own
- Signal mirror
- Duct tape
- Pocket knife/multi-tool, etc.
- Bright colored cloth
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Choose high protein and high-calorie items
- Pack extra food
- Pack at least 2 liters per person
- Carry more than you think you will need
- Water filtration or purifying system
SUN and INSECT PROTECTION
- Bug Repellent
- Bug Net
- Space Blanket
Additionally, the DEC encouraged hikers to wear a watch or some other version of a time-keeping device with them at all times. The department also suggested traveling with at least one other person and to monitor trail conditions before and during hikes. More hiking safety tips can be found on the DEC website.