Heat Safety

Two women pausing on a hike, wearing hats and hiking boots.High temperatures can be dangerous for humans and their dogs. We want your visit to a state park to be memorable for the right reasons!

Heat Hacks

Plan your trip with these heat hacks in mind:

  • Hydrate: Drink 16 ounces of water for every hour in the heat. Drink 32 ounces of water during strenuous activities like hiking.
  • Use sunscreen: Apply liberally and frequently.
  • Dress smart: Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing, a hat, good walking shoes, and a wet bandana.
  • Stay salty: Bring snacks like jerky, granola, trail mix, tuna and dried fruit.
  • Buddy system: Hike with a friend.
  • Plan: Take a map and tell someone your hiking route.

Heat Illness

Look for these symptoms of heat illness:

Heat Strokes

Heat Exhaustion

Throbbing headache

Faint or dizzy

No sweating

Excessive sweating

Red, hot, dry skin

Cool, pale, clammy skin

Nausea or vomiting

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid, strong pulse

Rapid, weak pulse

Change in mental state

Muscle cramps

If someone shows signs of heat illness, take these steps:

  1. Move person to a half-sitting position in the shade.
  2. Call 911 immediately.
  3. Treat based on humidity:
    • Below 75 percent - Spray victim with water and vigorously fan.
    • Above 75 percent - Apply ice packs on neck, armpits or groin.

Heat and Dogs

Hiker and his dog sitting on a rock. Dog is wearing bootiesEvery year, dogs die after hiking with their owners in state parks. Your dog will follow wherever you lead. But remember, he or she is wearing a fur coat and isn’t wearing shoes.

Five-second rule

Place the back of your hand on the pavement or ground. If you cannot hold it there for five seconds, the surface is too hot for your dog’s paws.

Dog’s hiking list

  • Leash (no more than 6 feet)
  • Collar with tags
  • Water
  • Food/treats
  • Dog booties
  • Plastic bags (for poop pickup)
  • Foot care