Summer Safety Tips for Runners & Outdoor Enthusiasts

Running LivestrongMost likely you are spending more time outdoors these days with longer daylight hours. So whether you are a runner, walker, hiker or you’re just partying later keep these safety tips in mind:

1. Light it up.
If you can’t workout until after sundown be sure to carry a small flashlight so you can always check out your surroundings. I’ve seen some runners wear headlamps, and there are even flashlight apps for your smartphone.

2. Check your gear.
It’s equally as important that drivers and cyclists can see you as it is that you see them. Many companies are making reflective gear for runners. For instance, Nathan Sports make reflective vests, armbands and blinking lights that are easy to attach to your body or clothes. Also, you may love running barefoot, but will you be able to take off in a full sprint if someone was chasing you? If you’re a barefoot shoe wearer, consider using them during daylight hours and wearing your sneakers at night.

3. Don’t leave home without pepper spray.
Contrary to popular belief, pepper spray is legal to carry in all 50 states. Check out Sabre Red’s Runner Pepper Spray, which features an adjustable hand strap. If attacked, you can spray it in your assailant’s face, making it very difficult for him to catch you as you sprint to safety.

4. Sound the alarm.
If pepper spray isn’t for you, a personal alarm attached to your key chain is an excellent way to stay protected. When approached by a potential attacker, pull the pin and an alarm will sound that can be heard up to 300 feet away. This will only work if the threat of being caught scares off your attacker. This is why I always suggest self-defense training for times when you are left with no other option.

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