Rangers warn of extreme heat through car cookies



“Cookies are fun and all, but the heat is no joke,” Saguaro National Park said on his Instagram account.

TUCSON, Arizona – Rangers near Tucson recently showed how hot temperatures can be during Arizona’s summer in a creative way.

Saguaro National Park’s Instagram account shared a photo on Saturday showing freshly baked cookies in front of a desert landscape. The twist is that the sugary treats weren’t baked.

“Cookies are fun and all, but the heat is no joke,” NPS said. “Do not leave children or animals in a parked vehicle.”

Rangers freshly baked the cookies in a vehicle using only sunlight, according to the park’s post. Temperatures could jump 20 degrees in just 10 minutes inside cars during the summer heat.

“When the temperatures are around 100 ° F, it doesn’t take too long for the dashboard to reach 180 + ° F (with a dark dashboard and locked windows),” the park said. “Leaving a cracked or open window is not enough to stop the rapidly rising temperatures.”

The park also creatively showed how hot the asphalt can get during southwestern summers by hosting a one-time barbecue on Father’s Day.

Park rangers took a homemade meat substitute patty, so as not to waste any animal products, and let it sit on what they called the “good old solar grill” also known as the name of asphalt to see if it was cooking or not.

The experiment turned out to be a bit too successful.

“It’s definitely hot enough to cook it, but in fact it might be too hot,” park ranger J. Camp said. “He got way too dry and collapsed on top of me.”

Thermal safety advice

Arizona’s extreme heat and UV light protection is much easier for ordinary people than for an everyday veggie burger or an everyday cookie, as park rangers pointed out in their reports. messages.

Wearing big hats or sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, and wearing the proper footwear can all keep you safe and cool, and temperatures continue to rise.

“Make sure to be careful walking around the area,” the park said. “If he can cook a burger, what do you think he’ll do with his feet ?!”

the Maricopa County Public Health Department offered more tips for staying safe in the heat on their website, including:

  • Avoid drinking fluids that contain large amounts of sugar, alcohol, or caffeine products, as they can make you more dehydrated.
  • Avoid very cold drinks as they cause stomach cramps.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless your doctor tells you to. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and need to be replaced.

Rangers have also been cautious when posting about cookies, this time aimed at vehicle safety during the summer months.

“It doesn’t take very long for heatstroke, brain damage or worse to happen (not to mention it’s against AZ law),” the park said.

The health of your vehicle could also deteriorate in hot weather. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) says vehicles should be checked before making long trips in the summer.

“You can help prevent breakdowns and blowouts by making sure your vehicle is in good working order,” ADOT said.

“Check your air conditioner and coolant levels, top up all essential engine fluids, and make sure your battery is up to par. Check your tire pressure, as the combination of underinflated tires and hot pavement can cause a blowout. “

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