Winter may evoke visions of snowflakes, sledding and holiday dinners for some people. Others envision power outages from ice storms and traffic accidents caused by black ice. In reality, when the temperature falls in Oklahoma the dangers of accidents, bursting pipes, health hazards and power failures rise.
During a winter storm, ice will accumulate on overhead power lines, which means there is a good chance you'll be without power. It is a lesson Oklahomans learned during the ice storms of January '07 and December ‘07. If you experience power problems during Oklahoma's next winter storm you can contact the electric companies via their website or by phone. OG&E customers can report an outage online or call (800) 522-6870. PSO customers can call (888) 216-3523 to report an outage or visit their website.
Just in case of a power outage it is important to have emergency supplies on hand in your home. Your household emergency kit should include:
Your roadside kit should include:
If you lose electricity or break down on the side of the road during a winter storm, you should do all you can to conserve heat. In the home, you can do this by avoiding unnecessary opening of doors and windows. Another way to keep the heat inside is to close off rooms in homes that are not being used. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors to keep the drafts out, and close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night. In a car, you should periodically start the vehicle and run the heater to warm the vehicle.
Besides traffic accidents the ice and snow that comes with winter can cause other accidents that cause injury. Slips and falls can lead to serious injuries. You can reduce your risk of slipping and falling by: