Following Monday's death in the Palo Duro Canyon, we wanted to look into what you need to do to stay safe if you do anything strenuous in that area, especially with our record breaking heat.
Officials in the Canyon say taking preventative measures can literally save your life. Avoiding going out in the heat of the day, always make sure you take along plenty of liquids for re-hydration, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you find yourself becoming a victim of the heat.
"Don't be shy, if you need more water or something like that, don't hesitate to ask other people." says interim Park Superintendent, Nathan Londenberg. "Water's cheap insurance, take your time, dont' push yourself, can't be out there by yourself and stick to the trails."
Greg Coplen with "Get Fit" in Amarillo, echoes those sentiments.
"I wouldn't go out there and run trails in mid-afternoon. If I'm going to the Canyon during the summer, it's going to be in the morning and it's better to be safe than sorry. Don't go in the middle of the day and if that's when you can go, take a camelback, a hydration pack you wear on your back, take a water bottle. you've got to hydrate. Don't be afraid to stop a passerby and say, "Hey, I'm not feeling well. Do you have any water or gateroade or anything?" That's what people are out there for is to help you if you're not feeling well.
The warning signs for hyperthermia include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness,headaches and dizziness.