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Winter Safety

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.

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Get your vehicle ready before winter storms

When the weather forecast starts with “baby, it’s cold outside,” Oklahomans need to get prepared for winter weather.

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Preventing outdoor falls in the winter

Slips and falls can happen so fast, especially outside in snowy or icy conditions. Of course, there are no guarantees against the occasional accident, but taking a few simple precautions could cut the chances of taking a tumble while outdoors this winter.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Knowing your winter weather terms part of bracing for the cold season

As you shake, shiver, slip and slide through the winter months, reduce your exposure to cold-weather hazards by learning common weather terms and preparing ahead of possible storms or other emergencies.

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Wood burning stoves offer heating alternative

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

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Staying safe when cleaning up after snow and ice

Snow and ice are heavy. For proof, just look around at the downed trees and branches littered throughout the landscape.

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Assessing, deciding and managing storm-damaged trees

Certain trees can be a beautiful part of a homeowner’s landscape, but with snow, ice and heavy winds, these very same trees can become an eyesore and a safety hazard.

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