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Media Release

Release Date: November 12th, 2020 - 2:06pm

Originator: Constable, Steve Elms, Corporate Communications, 905-825-4747 ext 5224

Contact: Constable, Steve Elms, Corporate Communications, 905-825-4747 extension 5224

Location: Halton Region

Tips for Safe Hiking in Halton

 The Region of Halton is fortunate to have numerous parks and trail systems within its boundaries, allowing outdoor enthusiasts countless opportunities for hiking.   The use of these trails has grown considerably over the past several months.  Members of the Halton Regional Police Service – Search Incident Response Team (SIRT) would like to remind the community of the potential risks associated with the use of hiking trails within the Region.  The following tips may ensure an enjoyable hike and safe return home:

  • Ensure you have a map of the area you are hiking in
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return home​
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, and be prepared for changing weather conditions
  • Allow enough time to complete your hike before it gets dark
  • Carry a charged cell phone with you
  • Make sure you have enough water and food for your hike
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit
  • Use the app "what3words" to help keep you safe 

With the increased use of hiking trails in Halton, there is an inherent increase in risk.  By employing some basic safety practices (such as the tips above) the Halton Regional Police Service hopes to ensure its community members stay safe while enjoying the multitude of trails in the Region.​