Hiking in the summer is a great way to enjoy the holiday and time off but doesn’t come without its own hazards. Most people would think that it’s best to make the most of the clear skies and extended daylight and while this is a commendable attitude, very few people are aware of the risks that come with hiking. Of course, hiking in the winter isn’t hazard free either but both come with risks that need to be assessed and addressed.
Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to help you with managing these risks as we look to avoid you getting injured. Suffering injuries while hiking is very dangerous for two reasons: the chances of you suffering a serious injury are high and there is no immediate medical attention which would exacerbate your injury. It is important to keep safe whilst hiking in hot weather, without following the correct steps there is a real danger of injury and illness.
The dangers of hiking in hot weather and how to avoid them
- Dehydration. Doing exercise in hot weather puts you at risk of being dehydrated. Hiking is a very intensive sport which puts you at risk. The way to combat becoming dehydrated is simple: drink water constantly throughout the day and make sure you recognise the symptoms of dehydration in case your friends are not drinking enough.
- No alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic and will only serve to dehydrate you even more.
- Sunburn. Applying sun lotion every hour is safe practice and will ensure that you don’t have a painful sunburn by the end of your hike. You should also wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your neck and ears all day.
- Sunstroke. Following on from sunburn, this happens after over-exposure from the sun and causes you to feel fatigued, nauseated and suffer from severe headaches. Vomiting can and often does occur and this is dangerous as it drains you of the water in your body and dehydrates you further.
Do you need to claim compensation for a hiking accident?
If you have sustained injuries while hiking in the last three years, contact Accident Advice Helpline to claim for compensation. If you’re interested, call our helpline open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or take a 30-second test. Often claims do not go to court and can be processed over the phone by our legal specialists.
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice