Cold Weather Safety Overview

When winter temperatures begin to drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge, especially in areas such as Oklahoma where people may not be used to extreme winter weather. Here, extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so along with the cold, you may also have to cope with power failures and icy roads.

Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce your risk of having an automobile accident or falling on the ice, there are other problems you may face in your home when the weather gets cold. For example, your home may not be properly equipped to protect you from the elements, and steps you take to get warm, such as using space heaters or fireplaces, may increase your risk of household fires as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other health concerns as well, some of which can be serious or life-threatening . To keep yourself and your family safe, you should be prepared for winter weather, know how to prevent cold-related health problems, and also know what to do if a cold-weather emergency does arise.

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