Top Tips for Staying Safe this Winter
Original post from City of Oklahoma City
The Office of Emergency Management offers these tips and more at okc.gov/winter:
- Know the snow routes in your area. There are interactive maps on okc.gov and data.okc.gov.
- Prepare a disaster kit. Include additional non-perishable food and water for one or two weeks, extra blankets, coats, gloves, winter hats, and water-resistant boots.
- Keep your pets safe. Click here for tips from OKC Animal Welfare.
- Keep your cellphone charged.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks and let faucets drip if temperatures remain below freezing for a day or more. Call (405) 297-3334 if your pipes burst so City crews can shut off water to your home. Click here for more information about protecting your pipes in winter.
- Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
- Make sure elderly family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for the storm, and check on them during and after the storm.
- Safely use alternative heating sources. Fires at home are common in the winter because of improper use of dangerous heating sources. Here are some tips from the Fire Department:
- Make sure working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly installed in your home. Alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly and install fresh batteries annually.
- Give space heaters their space. Keep combustible material at least three feet away from the heater.
- Use a metal grate to hold logs inside fireplaces.
- Use an approved metal or glass screen in front of fireplaces to prevent embers from flying out of the firebox.
- Remember to open the damper before lighting the fireplace.
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