Hikers urged to beware heat stroke

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 August, 1998, 12:00am

People have been urged to take precautions against heat strokes while hiking or enjoying other outdoor activities in the countryside.

The warning, issued by the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD), follows a number of heat stroke cases involving hikers this summer.

An AFD spokesman said hikers should observe some safety guidelines, especially when the temperatures are high. He said: 'Hikers should have good rest during the journey and do not overstrain as this would lead to exhaustion. They should also drink a lot of water and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It is strongly advisable to take along a hat.' He stressed that it was important to plan a route carefully and hike in a group led by an experienced person. A person suffering from severe heat stroke might need emergency medical assistance, the spokesman said.

More information on hiking safety hints is available from visitors centres at country parks in Aberdeen, Sai Kung, Tai Mo Shan, Clear Water Bay, Plover Cove, Shing Mun, as well as the Country and Marine Parks website (http://www.afdparks.gov. hk), or fax 2485-3250/2733-2300.