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Palm Springs Fire Department urges caution when hiking as desert temperatures heat up

Hiker safety is among several priorities for the Palm Springs Fire Department and other public safety agencies it partners with throughout the Coachella Valley.

As summer approaches, these first responders have launched a public awareness campaign to ensure both residents and visitors are able to safely enjoy the beautiful trails the valley has to offer.

"The weather is super nice especially during the month of May. We get a lot of people coming from out of our city from Los Angeles, Orange County. So far we've had 18 rescues so far this year," according to Captain Ronald Skyberg, PSFD Public Information Officer.

On May 21, the department shared a video on social media to help educate hikers on the steps that should be taken ahead of any hike. Since then, Captain Skyberg said they have not had any rescues.

Whether you plan to hit the Museum Trail in Palm Springs or any of the other desert hikes, you're encouraged to stay hydrated, bring a partner, and beat the heat by beginning your hike at or before sunrise.

It's also important to let your whereabout be known if you plan to hike alone. Other items you should pack for hiking include the following:

  • sunblock
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • cellphone
  • flashlight

Community partners, such as Visit Greater Palm Springs, have teamed up with PSFD to help spread their message. A recent blog post offered safety tips to visitors and the site shared a video from PSFD on its social media.

Watch News Channel 3 at 5:00 p.m. for the full report.

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