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Walk for health, but follow these tips to be safe

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Walk for health, but follow these tips to be safe

The medical profession encourages walking for better health. I have bought into that theory. I enjoy walking because it relieves stress and makes me feel better. If you are a walker, please consider these tips to make your walk more enjoyable and safer.

• Plan your walk before leaving home. Do not randomly walk. Walk only in familiar areas. If you are visiting a location for the first time, ask a local and do not explore. If you walk alone, have some type of identification with you.

• It is always best to walk with a buddy or a group. This increases your safety and makes the experience more enjoyable.

• If you walk during the early morning or evening, wear light-colored clothing. If you walk in the dark, wear reflective clothing and shoes with reflective strips.

• Always walk facing traffic, especially if there are no sidewalks. Facing traffic is especially important if you are wearing headphones. If a vehicle stops beside you, do not approach it. Ignore the vehicle and keep walking.

• It's not a bad idea to use a walking stick. Dogs sometimes chase people. The stick also can be used for self-defense. Walking with your own dog is a good idea.

• Beware of drivers. Many drivers don't understand that pedestrians have the right of way. Be aware of driveways, because drivers entering and exiting usually are looking for vehicles, not pedestrians.

• Be aware of your surroundings. Among the many dangers to walkers are traffic, broken sidewalks, bike riders and the unexpected. Finally, be sure to carry a cell phone.

Chief Doug Pasley, Kenneth City Police Department

Walk for health, but follow these tips to be safe 08/21/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 23, 2010 2:48pm]

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