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Assuring Safety in a Power Outage
Recent wildfires have left a number of Oklahomans to be without power for hours and even days. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury.
OSDH recommends the following guidelines for refrigerated and frozen foods to citizens or food establishments which have been without power for more than four hours:
Residents in rural areas may also be without water during a power outage. If the safety of the water is not known, it is recommended to vigorously boil the water for at least one minute to prevent potential waterborne illnesses. Safe water would include store-bought bottled water, or uninterrupted city water. Untreated water should not be used to prepare foods, wash hands or brush teeth.
Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages or near windows. Improper use of such devices can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
For more information about weather or wildfire safety, visit www.ready.gov or www.cdc.gov/disasters. Preparedness information also is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language by visiting the OSDH YouTube channel and selecting the Preparedness playlist.
"Striving for Healthier Communities"
The Harper County Health Department is pleased to provide services across the life span. We provide a variety of public health services to protect and promote the health of infants, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly who reside in the county. We offer services equally to men, women and children.
The Harper County Health Department is committed to Harper County's healthy future. As we enter the next century we will be faced with many challenges in order to improve quality of life. Unhealthy environments and behavior patterns, including the conditions in which they live and work can have a direct harmful effect on an individual. From the youngest to oldest, from the rich to the poor, in all parts of town, and country we all share the same concerns and responsibilities for public health. As we enter the 21st century, public health will face new challenges and expectations. Our goal, our commitment to the people of Harper County is to continue working together with our communities to attain a healthy future.
OSDH has released information regarding the Zika Virus here.
We do provide immunizations year round, avoid the back to school rush and get your child in early during the summer for necessary immunizations. Contact the health department for more information.
The Harper County Health Department will be closed the following days in 2017: January 2 (New Year's Day); January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 20 (President's Day); May 29 (Memorial Day); July 4 (Independence Day); September 4 (Labor Day); November 10 (Veteran's Day); November 23-24 (Thanksgiving); and December 25-26 (Christmas). Thank you.
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