Safety tips for those planning on heading to the outdoors this weekend

Many people will be gathering the family and camping gear and will head out to their favorite camping spots over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The weekend promises to be the first of many busy weekends in the national forests according to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock.

Pollock says safety is always a concern. Rivers, streams and creeks are running very high and fast and can be extremely dangerous. People should be careful, Pollock cautions, to keep a watchful eye on children and pets while recreating in these areas, especially in campgrounds near water sources.

When hiking, always carry extra water, food and a coat. She advises that people should always let someone know where they are hiking, approximately what time they plan to return, and avoid hiking alone.

Weather can also change quickly this time of year. Pollock also advises that all campers make sure fires are extinguished. But most importantly, she says, is to enjoy the national forests.

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