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Hiking Safety in Warm Weather plus New QR Code Park

Oceanside CA-Warm days and sunny skies are ahead for San Diego. When the temperature rises, so does the risk of sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Division is reminding the public to be safe and prepared when hiking in hot weather.

21 new volunteers must complete an eight-mile hike with a 20 pound backpack and water in less than three-and-a-half hours along with 60 other SAR members. SAR’s K-9 and Mounted Units will also participate in this exercise.

Volunteers will then move to another location to conduct further training on tracking during the night and spend the evening in an improvised shelter. This is the final class in a four-month academy.

The American Red Cross will be on hand to showcase its services during search and rescue missions, as well as wildfires.

Always remember, safety first. Tell someone you are going hiking, when you’re entering a cave, where it is located and when you expect to return. This is to ensure if something goes wrong and you don’t return on time, someone knows where to begin the search.

Here are other safety tips:

  • Never go caving or hiking alone
  • Know your limits. Choose trails that match your level of physical fitness and areas where you are not going to get lost
  • Bring ample food, water, sunscreen, flashlight, map, GPS, first aid kit, multi-purpose tool or knife, whistle.
  • Cell phone signal may be limited, but it is still good to have a phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Wear proper clothing, boots, sunglasses, hat, gloves, helmet, etc.

A reminder; a permit is now required to visit Cedar Creek Falls in Julian and Ramona. For more
information, watch this safety video from the Sheriff’s YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/C5fgA.

The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer unit. Together, they perform wilderness and urban rescues and search for missing persons. Teams are available 24 hours a day to respond to local, state and federal agency requests. To learn more about SAR, visit http://bit.ly/leuaZr.

Scan the QR Code on Your Next Workout

The ribbon is cut on the latest QR fit trail in the county. QR stands for Quick Response, technology that uses a smartphone’s camera to link to content on the phone. This high tech nature workout is at Del Dios Highlands Preserve in Escondido. Hike the trail, scan the QR code, and Live Well, San Diego