Storm season is here, so where will you go when the sirens sound? Kelli Cain, public information manager for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says you can never be too prepared. A few reminders:
As the temperatures gets cooler I sometimes have a hard time regulating the temperature in my office. I often will use a space heater to make it more comfortable. My office in Stillwater is picky though. There are certain outlets that I can not use or the heater will trip the breaker. Also, you never want to plug a space heater into a power strip. This picture is a good reminder of what can happen if you plug a space heater into a power strip. The Electrical Safety Foundation International says heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the U.S. with more than 65,000 fires being attributed to them each year. The ESFI reports the fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Stay safe and warm!
I recently spent an afternoon trimming my roses. I thought I was doing a good job of keeping safe by wearing gloves, shoes, and glasses. The trouble was that while unloading all the debris, I had moved my glasses to the top of my head. As I pulled a large clump of cuttings from the truck bed, one popped loose and hit me above my eye. I was lucky. It reminded me that I still need to work on keeping safety in mind during the whole process, not just at the beginning.
If you are like me, there is always a half empty water bottle in your vehicle. I never would have guessed that it would be a fire hazard. In a test conducted by Oklahoma's Midwest City Fire Department, sunlight magnified by a water bottle reached 250 degrees. The sunlight uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam which can cause a fire. So be sure you take your water bottles with you when you leave your vehicle. For the full article and videos, click here.
This year we are celebrating our 21st anniversary in our home. A lot has changed on our road. New houses have been built and more cut-through and bicycle traffic. What hasn't changed is the condition of the road. It is still a two-lane road without a shoulder, very narrow in parts, very dark at night, large drop offs in some areas, and animals constantly crossing it.
As you go home tonight, be extra careful to watch for little goblins, witches, super heroes, etc.
A couple weeks ago I went with our daughter and grandkids to a birthday party. It was at a home and the party was concentrated outside. In the back yard there was a Great Pyrenees on chain. Most of the time he was just lounging under a tree but he did play with some boys off and on. The boys gave the dog a large bone which immediately he took back to his tree. A little later our granddaughter Ella made her way out to the dog. I watched from the porch about 25 feet away. She walked up to it slowly, petted it, and then leaned down to pick up the bone. In a moment the dog's behavior changed. It started guarding the bone. I yelled Ella's name and she quickly came to me crying. I think she could tell from my voice that she was in danger.
Maybe your job requires hours of work at a computer. Maybe you like to spend your free time surfin' the Net. Whatever the reason, your body is feeling the effects of spending too much time logged on-dry eyes, tired eyes, headaches, neck pain, blurred vision. Luckily, help is on the way.
Last week we had a blast of winter weather. We have two miles of county roads to travel before getting to a major highway. We don't get much traffic on our road so ice can build up pretty quickly. The propane man learned this the hard way. He was stuck in our ditch until a wrecker could come and pull him out.
It is almost Thanksgiving. This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house. This also means I will be participating in Black Friday shopping with my relatives. I rarely buy anything but I do love to see the chaos in the stores.
On my drive to Stillwater this morning, NPR reported on how much bacteria can be found in your kitchen sponge. According to a study published in Scientific Reports the density of bacteria reached up to 45 BILLION per square centimeter. Yuck!
This is the season for turkey and stuffing, quickly followed by Christmas lights and Santa Claus. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has some easy to follow guidelines to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
We spent part of the Labor Day Weekend in Wichita visiting the Sedgwick County Zoo. If you haven't visited it, I highly recommend it. The day started out bright and early as expected with two, two year olds. We were discussing which animal we wanted to see the most when the hotel began to move. I jumped up and went to the window expecting to see high winds and looming clouds from our 7th floor window. All was quiet but the hotel began to move again. I called the front desk and they informed me it was an earthquake, all was fine and if there was an emergency the alarm would go off.
Lake activities go hand in hand with Oklahoma summers. If you are planning to spend time lounging on a boat or cruising across the lake, it is important to familiarize yourself with boat safety requirements.
Changing your perception of safety is not always an easy task. I never have thought of myself as an unsafe person but since FRI's safety initiative I have started looking at things differently.
November 1, 2015 Oklahoma adopted new regulations regarding child car seats.
My grandfather's truck needed some maintenance work recently. In the process of fixing one thing, I noticed that the exhaust was being secured by bungie cords. I took the truck to our local muffler repair shop. The building is a metal building with three large overhead doors and a people door. I handed over the keys and entered through the people door. The waiting area was open to the shop but clearly marked with a yellow line and a sign "Employees only." I watched from the designated area as the truck was lifted in the air allowing the technician to inspect the exhaust. I knew I was in for bad news when I heard him chuckle from under the truck.
It's back to school time. Nearly one-fifth of traffic fatalities of children below the age of 15 are pedestrians, with more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 3 and 4 pm.¹ AAA "School's Open -- Drive Carefully" program offers some tips.
Tornado season is upon us here in Oklahoma. Technology advances have improved meteorologists' ability to predict and track storms, warning systems and shelters. However as we have seen, tornados can be very destructive and deadly. Here are some tornado safety tips from the American Red Cross.
The annual FRI meetings are fast approaching. Historically FRI has sent three separate envelopes to the membership with information about the meetings. This year FRI organized all that information into emails. A process that did take the admin department 1.5 days to complete is now being done in half a day. With the launch of the new website and its contact database and email template functions, this task will take approximately an hour. How has technology changed the way you work?