Oklahoma weather: Wintry storm safety tips

With wintry weather in the Thursday forecast for Oklahoma, be sure you are prepared by using these tips from the American Red Cross.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm •  Published: December 4, 2013
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With wintry weather expected to move into Oklahoma, the American Red Cross is offering a number of safety tips:

• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, snow or dense fog.


• Check on animals often, or bring them indoors if possible.

• Before completing tasks outside, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

• Assemble an emergency preparedness kit with winter-specific items such as a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, water-resistant boots, blankets and extra warm clothing.

• Sand and nonclumping cat litter are good for making walkways and steps less slippery.

• Make sure to have a first-aid kit, essential medications, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in case of a power outage at your home.

• Winterize your vehicle and fill up the gas tank. This will help keep the fuel line from freezing.

• Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out.

• Turn on faucets to a trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing.

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