Glendale officials urging safe hiking practices

GLENDALE - Glendale Parks and Recreation officials will be out handing bottles of water to hikers at Thunderbird Conservation Park.

It's all in hopes to share some tips with people on ways to be safe in the heat. They'll hand out water from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday.

This push is part of the city's Operation Safe Summer campaign. They suggest:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Dressing in light-colored, loose clothes
  • Applying sunblock often
  • Taking snacks on the trail
  • Taking breaks often will help

Park officials say pets have died on the trails so they want to alert owners on ways to keep animals safe as well. They suggest:

  • Being alert and looking for changes in their behavior
  • Making sure to take plenty of water -- not only for you but also your four-legged pal
  • Investing in dog booties so dogs don't burn their paws, as asphalt can be 30 degrees hotter than the outside air temperature
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