Utah is a prime place to check out natural scenery, especially in the state parks, but even the most experienced traveler sometimes needs these safety tips.  

The Utah State Parks Division released a tip sheet earlier this week to help locals and tourists stay safe out in the Utah wilds. Yes, state parks are fun but going anywhere outdoors means being extra vigilant.  

Here are some general tips: 

  • Tell people where you’re going and when you plan to be back. This way you’ll have people watching your back if something does happen. 
  • Try not to go solo on your adventures.  
  • Look at the weather and make sure it’s safe before heading out.  
  • Put together an emergency kit with emergency supplies and keep it with you.  
  • Make sure you have a communication device. Your cellphone is probably a given but it’s also a good idea to carry a radio in case of emergency.  

Adventure Specific Guides: 

Water Safety 

If you’re heading out for a lake weekend, you’ll need to have a life jacket. Utah law says that all boats have to have a Coast Guard-approved jacket on board. Any passengers 12 and under must also be wearing a life jacket.  

Make sure you’re familiar with the boat and all its mechanisms before heading out. You’ll also want to see what the weather has in store. The tides and winds can pick up fast so keep an eye out when you’re on the water.  

Hiking Safety 

Flash flood season is upon us, and the canyons and washes can quickly become fatal with rushing water. If you’re hiking, make sure to find high ground immediately if storm clouds are even nearby. 

It also gets quite hot in the summer, so you’ll want to be careful of heatstroke and sunburn. Here is what the state says to watch for: 

  • Thirst 
  • Dry Mouth / Skin 
  • Sleepiness 
  • Irritability 
  • Weakness 
  • Dizziness 
  • Headache 
  • Less-frequent Urination 
  • Increased Heart Rate 

For a full list of tips click here 

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