Following the publication of the post, Hiking Related Accidents in Hong Kong, SGW has received several comments from our readers, for which we are grateful.
Today, in the local press we found the following short article which we are reproducing here, as we believe that it is extremely important.
Bring at least 3 liters of water for hiking in hot weather, Fire Services Department urges
The Fire Services Department called on people to bring at least 3 liters of water when hiking in hot weather, and drink every 15 to 20 minutes to prevent heatstroke.
The call on Friday came as authorities announced, as of last weekend, the number of fatalities related to hiking this year has risen over the 14 deaths from last year.
The Government Flying Service said they have handled a total of 20 calls for help related to heatstroke in the past three months when the very hot weather warning signal was in force, of which six of them were serious cases.
A spokesman of the Fire Services Department said in order to prevent heatstroke, citizens should bring at least 3 liters of water when hiking, and consume around 100 to 200ml of water at 15 to 20 minutes intervals.
Meanwhile, a Civil Aid Service spokesman reminded members of the public to not go hiking alone and should well plan their hiking route beforehand.
The article may be found here.
We are hearing more and more about the levels of depression rising in young adults and secondary school children. One way to overcome this is to get out into the countryside or the nearest park and just enjoy nature for whatever time you have available. Depression is a terrible thing and can be as harmful as any drug. Please a look at an earlier post in which we spoke about this issue here.
Mental health is just as important as physical health.
Please be careful. This is not a criticism of the Hong Kong Observatory, but, remember, the weather situation can change within an instant.