As the weather improves and people head outdoors to enjoy walking, climbing and other pursuits, Police Scotland Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Tom Leonard is encouraging those heading outside, to be prepared and think about their safety.
Highland Perthshire’s natural setting makes it ideal for people looking to get outside and enjoy some form of outdoor pursuit, but the weather can present a risk and change quickly.
In his latest commander bulletin, Chief Inspector Leonard says “there is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing choices.”
Police Scotland’s Keep Safe scheme offers a range of advice and information on a range of topics including Hill Walking, with Scotland being a popular palce for climbers and walkers. The page on Hill walking lists a few things that those heading into the outdoors should carry to make their trip safer. These include:
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Warm trousers and a fleece top
- Gloves and a hat
- Good, sturdy walking boots
- Paper map in a weatherproof case (make sure it is the correct one and protect it from the weather)
- Spare food
- Small first aid kit
- Mobile phone
It is also advised that someone is aware of your plans and expected return time, this can be a family member or friend. A Climbers Location and Identity Verification form can also be completed. A copy can found on the Police Scotland website.
More tips on Hill Walking Safety can be found at https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/hill-walking/
Those heading into the outdoors can also download the what3words app, which has divided the world into squares of three metres in area and given each square a unique combination of words, which will assist in search and rescue attempts and will allow you to be located quickly.