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Deputies Offer Tips to Stay Safe in Nevada Mountains

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Since many of us go out into Nevada's wilderness for fun in the snow we have some tips to keep in mind next time you go.

Search and rescue crews say part of the problem is that since we live in a mountainous area we don't really think of the mountains as dangerous.

So many people don't plan for a possible emergency.

"We here in Reno look at the mountains and say 'oh, let's go to the mountains.' Kind of in our mind it's like going to a city park. But people have to realize it's not a park," says Randy Post of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Post says people make some pretty basic mistakes when they leave the city limits. 

Some steps seem obvious like having blankets, food and water in your car and telling someone where you're going, which route you're taking and when you plan to be back. He says it's also a good idea to take a CB radio, a map, flashlight, first aid kit and a way to signal emergency crews.

In the winter don't wear cotton clothing including jeans because they get wet and won't keep you warm. And don't forget chains - and a shovel.

"You have to plan on getting stuck. Your car may break down, you may get a flat tire, the snow may get too deep, and you may get stuck or have some sort of accident."

If you get stuck, stay where you are moving around makes it harder for crews to find you.

And finally, Post says if the road is starting to look dangerous, just turn around.

It's better to delay your trip than to end up stuck in the wilderness.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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