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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 12:43am
EL PASO — Hiking safety is a top priority for the El Paso Fire Department after a family was stranded on the Franklin Mountains Saturday afternoon.
The department has put together a list of tips to help keep people safe and highly recommend water for staying hydrated in the El Paso heat.
"A lot of water especially if the sun is out in the sky," said Marc Eisenbeiss, a German native who hikes the Franklins regularly.
The fire department advises carrying at least a gallon of water per person.
They also say be extremely cautious when walking on loose rocks.
The tips come after a family was stranded for several house Saturday afternoon after a 38-year-old woman sprained her ankle.
"Put the right shoes on, Eisenbeiss said of his hiking gear. "Sports shoes or hiking shoes."
The fire department also said comfortably clothing always helps.
Eisenbeiss said there's no point in hiking the mountain too fast with the abundance of scenery along the trails.
The El Paso Fire Department would like you to keep the following in mind to make your hikes more enjoyable and safe:
• Always plan out your hike prior to stating your day.
• Be extra cautious of your footing when encountering loose rocks.
• Always dress for comfort.
• Remember to carry enough water (one gallon per person per day is recommended)
• Never leave for a hike without informing a responsible person.
• Always carry your cell phone and call 9-1-1 in case of any emergency.
"Have some breaks," Eisenbeiss said. "There are four benches on the trail so you can have breaks,"