As summer sets in, the days are longer, warm, and more humid, which means, if you’re a runner, you may seek to run in the early morning or evening hours when the sun is lower and the temperature cooler. Summer running dangers can come in various forms—fall injuries, dehydration, heat exhaustion, road accidents, or violent attacks by a person or animal.
With these in mind, here are eight essential summer safety tips for hikers, runners, and outdoor recreationalists to keep in mind…
1. Dress For Weather
You may have donned loose layers for fall or spring running. However, summer brings a whole new set of clothing needs. Think of clothing, a hat with a visor, and UV-rated sunglasses that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and sun damage (also wear sunscreen) while not bogging yourself down. A lightweight, light colored running shirt and shorts made from wicking fabrics that draw perspiration away from the skin will keep you from overheating.