Emergency Management News

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Do your turkey well; not welldone #OKfire

Add Safety to Your Thanksgiving Menu

Use Turkey Fryers Outdoors
Deep frying a turkey may be delicious but it can also be dangerous.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and frying food increases the risk. Keep your family safe by following these five safety tips:
  • Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3-foot kid- and pet-free zone” around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  • Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil will not overheat. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  • Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.

For more tips, visit the USFA’s Cooking Fire Safety page.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Prepare Your Home for Winter #OKwx #OKice

How Prepared Are You For Winter Storms?
Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationreleased its winter outlook, which calls for a cooler and wetter than usual winter for the northern United States. As winter moves closer by the day, prepare your home now for tomorrow’s bitter cold.

Take extra steps to protect yourself and your family from the hazards that come with cold weather. You can start by:
  • Cleaning and inspecting your heating equipment;
  • Insulating walls, attics and water pipes, and caulking and weather stripping doors and windows;
  • Installing storm windows or covering your windows with plastic;
  • Clearing rain gutters;
  • Checking your roof to be sure it can handle the extra weight of snow and ice; and
  • Installing battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home fires occur more often in winter than any other season. Protect your home by:
  • Always using a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace;
  • Making sure your space heater has an automatic shut off (if it tips over, it shuts off); and
  • Keeping snow and ice three feet away from fire hydrants to allow access in case of a fire.

The snow may seem harmless, but colder weather can be deceptively dangerous. Do not get caught in the cold. Make sure that your home and family prepare for severe winter weather. To learn more, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/winter.html and https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Recognize and Prevent Hypothermia

Hypothermia Graphic
Old Man Winter is still hanging around but don’t let him put a chill in your bones.

During the winter months, it is especially important to be aware of the signs of hypothermia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that it can happen even at temperatures above 40°F. This includes someone being chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Know the warning signs of hypothermia:
  • Body temperature below 95 degrees.
  • Bright red, cold skin (Infants).
  • Very low energy, exhaustion, drowsiness.
  • Uncontrollable shivering, fumbling hands.
  • Confusion, memory loss, disorientation.
  • Incoherence, slurred speech.

If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately. Begin warming the person until help arrives with some of the recommendations from the CDC. Keep the information on quick tips available by clicking the link: CDC’s Hypothermia page.

When going out into colder weather use some of the guidelines below to prevent hypothermia:
  • Wearing several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Cover all of your body. Wear a hat and a scarf, covering your mouth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.

For more information on winter preparedness, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! Winter Storm section.