Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
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.
Older adults have special concerns during winter weatherParts 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.
Knowing your winter weather terms part of bracing for the cold seasonAs 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.
Financial resolutions for the New YearThe realm of New Year’s resolutions is limitless: Spend more time with the family. Lose weight. Read more. But, what about your money?
Medication safety during the holidaysMedications and vitamins should always be handled safely and stored properly. But, special care should be taken during the holidays when families may be hosting guests at home or traveling out of town for the season.
Think safety first to avoid holiday decorating hazardsFor many of us, decking the halls is a big part of making the holidays bright, but doing so safely helps guarantee the season will indeed be merry.
Age, skills, interests key in picking gifts for childrenAs the holidays shift into warp speed, store aisles and Internet websites will be jammed with shoppers hunting for the perfect gift for the youngest members on their gift lists. Keeping a few toy safety guidelines in mind can help dictate which surprises ultimately end up in neatly wrapped boxes with colorful bows on top.
Food safety concerns during a power outage
Many Oklahomans were without power following the Thanksgiving holiday as an ice storm ravaged parts of the state. While keeping warm is likely the top priority for residents, food safety also is a concern for those without electricity.
Wood burning stoves offer heating alternative
As temperatures continue to drop, wood burning stoves will get more and more action.
Staying safe when cleaning up after snow and iceSnow and ice are heavy. For proof, just look around at the downed trees and branches littered throughout the landscape.
Assessing, deciding and managing storm-damaged treesCertain 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.
Tips to keep pets safe during the holidaysWith the holiday season now in full swing, many people are celebrating with festive decorations and fun parties.