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Winter Resources for Home

Winter can be a dangerous time. This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and healthy during this season.


Take steps to prevent water pipes from freezing

After waking up on a cold winter morning, nothing gets the day started on the right foot like a hot shower. However, if the weather has been extremely cold, there is a possibility that shower may have to be delayed if no water comes out of the faucet due to frozen pipes.



Be safe when using electric space heaters

When families want to ward off winter’s chill in a specific part of the home, electric space heaters may be good option..



Used safely, fuel-burning appliances make it easy to chase away the chill

Fuel-burning appliances such as fireplaces and wood stoves are popular and reliable ways to chase away winter’s chill. However, operating these types of appliances, especially this time of year, does come with some risks.



Food safety concerns during a power outage

Extreme weather is as much a part of Oklahoma as the waving wheat and the wind coming right behind the rain. Tornadoes and scorching temperatures are not at all unusual, and neither is frigid cold weather.




Older adults have special concerns during winter weather

Parts of Oklahoma have already felt the wrath of winter during the ice storm a few weeks ago. While the cold, snowy and icy weather can be difficult to deal with, one set of the population has some special concerns, especially since Oklahomans are just at the beginning of the winter season.




Wood burning stoves offer heating alternative

As temperatures continue to drop, wood burning stoves will get more and more action.



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