Fire department issues recreational safety reminders
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services want residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful city.
As warmer weather and longer days set in, more people are venturing out in the coulees and river valley – so the renewed importance of recreational safety is paramount.
LFES crews have recently responded to several rescues of hikers in distress in the coulees.
To help our crews, it is essential to remember that even a short hike can turn dangerous if you are not prepared. LFES recommends that all hikers should follow these safety tips:
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return, especially if you are hiking alone. Have a plan to check in with that person after your hike
- Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated, especially during hot weather. Remember to wear sunscreen and take frequent breaks if needed
- Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction
- Be aware of the wildlife in the area and give them plenty of space
- Bring a cell phone with a fully charged battery in the event you need to call for help
- Stay within your limits. Have a discussion with your physician before starting any strenuous activity
- Call 911 if you require emergency assistance. Provide the 911 emergency communications officers with the best information about your location to assist the emergency crews
LFES is committed to keeping our community safe and encourages everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. Always remember to prioritize your safety. With a little preparation, you can fully enjoy the beauty of nature while staying safe.
A further reminder that Lethbridge Fire & EMS have also issued a Fire Advisory for all City of Lethbridge parks in the river valley area. More information here.