JEONJU, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean fire authorities are urging hikers to take caution during the autumn months as an increasing number of climbing accidents occur in September and October.
According to Jeonbuk Fire Safety Headquarters, the number of climbing accidents reported between 2012 and 2016 in North Jeolla Province alone amounted to 2,505 cases, with 2,222 people rescued during the same period.
The data provided by Jeonbuk Fire Safety Headquarters showed over 600 accidents occurred in September and October, accounting for nearly one in every four cases.
When broken down by the cause of the accidents, incidences of general distress were most prevalent, followed by falls or foot injuries and personal medical conditions.
Fire authorities say it is important to be aware of one’s own health and choose the right hiking trails, and also recommend hiking with a group of three people for safety reasons.
“During this time of year, more people go hiking to enjoy the fall foliage. When you go hiking, you must check your health status and respect safety rules to prevent climbing accidents,” an official at Jeonbuk Fire Safety Headquarters said.
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