Erie County Sheriff issues warnings about parks and trails

Erie County
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The weather’s been getting nicer, and that means more people are heading outside.

With that, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard has issued a number warnings about area parks and recreational areas.

“Although people are encouraged to enjoy the wonders of western New York, they should use common sense, be prepared, and be cautious,” said Sheriff Howard.  “Many individuals are visiting these areas to exercise, breathe fresh air, and momentarily forget about the current pandemic. But with the arrival of spring, warmer temperatures and rain, trails can become slippery and unstable; soft ground can collapse and create slides.”

Here are some safety tips provided by the Sheriff’s office:

  • Stay on designated paths.
  • Wear proper footwear and clothing.
  • Stay a minimum of 6-feet away from cliffs and ravine edges.
  • Tell someone about your plans, and when you will be home.
  • Go with a partner.
  • Have a fully charged mobile phone and an external battery pack.
  • Carry extra gear such as a flashlight, batteries, clothing, and food in the event you become lost. 
  • Maintain social distancing and don’t gather in large groups.

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