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Kathy Balman, founder and director of Educating Children Outdoors, demonstrates how to tie a tourniquet in case of an emergency in a survival class at Marana Heritage River Park on Oct. 1, 2022. Using a piece of cloth, tie a knot around the wounded limb, get a stick and tie another knot on top of it to secure it to the cloth. Then, twist the stick to slow the bleeding.

The Maricopa County Department of Health’s annual report on heat deaths, which was released this month, reports a record 339 heat-associated deaths in 2021, and of those, 75% took place outdoors, and 19% of those happened on hiking trails or in desert areas of the county. Read more»