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Safety Hints of Hiking

Avoid hiking on days of very hot weather, high humidity, with no wind or when the Air Quality Health Index is very high or serious.

Pay attention to the weather report and forecast for the hiking day.  Avoid hiking when the thunderstorm/rainstorm warning signal is in force, or when the weather condition is unstable.  Latest information is available on the following webpages:

Weather Information for Hiking and Mountaineering

MyObservatory íV Weather at your location

Hong Kong Observatory

Mobile Network Services in Country Parks

The transport information provided in this website is for reference only. Hikers should choose a transport route most suitable for themselves before setting out.
Don't go hiking alone.  It is preferable to go hiking in a group of at least four.  Before setting out, hikers should inform their family members or friends who are not joining the trip of their intended route.  Should an accident happen, the information will be useful for them to seek assistance from the police.
Follow the decisions and instructions of an experienced hiking leader, if there is one.  Don't leave your group halfway through the trip.
Do enough warm-up exercise before setting out.
Don't eat wild fruit or drink untreated water from any stream.
Don't play with or feed stray cats, dogs or wild monkeys to avoid being attacked.
Don't venture into bushes or woods with no road signs indiscriminately.
To avoid getting lost or having an accident, don't deviate from the planned route indiscriminately or attempt to take any overgrown shortcuts.
Don't stand at a cliff edge or climb onto rocks to take photos or view the scenery.  For the sake of safety, follow the instructions as set out in notices put up by the relevant authorities.
Avoid going near/staying around steep slopes or wading in streams or brooks during heavy rain or after days of heavy rain.  Don't take shelter from the rain under bridges at water courses to avoid being swept away by raging torrents.
Don't light a fire or cook at any place other than the designated barbecue sites.
To prevent hill fire, don't smoke.
When there is a hill fire, stay calm.  Leave the fire scene immediately and dial 999 to report the fire. 
No camping at any place other than the designated campsites.
Pay attention to the hazard warning signs erected by government departments along the route.

In case of an accident, hikers can call for help with the fixed network emergency helpline telephones installed along the route.  They can also dial 999 or the international emergency call number 112 with their mobile phones to call for help.  When seeking assistance, the following information should be provided clearly:

(a) Nature and cause of the accident;
(b) Time and location of the accident;
(c) Position, grid reference and the number of the nearest distance post;
(d) Terrain and special landmarks in the vicinity;
(e) Personal particulars of the injured and sick person (including his/her name, age, sex, telephone number and details of injury);
(f) First aid given;
(g) Weather condition; and
(h) The number, state and movement of other group members.
Those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease and asthma are advised to consult the doctor before deciding if they should go hiking and ask for the doctor's advice.


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