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For Release:  January 31, 2010
Contact:  Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications

Winter Storm Injury Update -- Caution Urged on Ice

At least 325 injuries related to slips and falls on the ice and snow have been reported statewide as a result of the latest winter storm to hit Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said today. As more Oklahomans venture outdoors to clear their porches, sidewalks and vehicles of ice and snow, the opportunities for slips and falls increase. The OSDH urged caution, especially since thawing and refreezing of ice and snow will likely continue for several days. 

While looking down to make sure their footing is secure, Oklahomans should also look up to avoid falling icicles now forming on structures as a result of the thawing and refreezing.

The OSDH warns Oklahomans not to skate, slide, or sled on frozen ponds, creeks, rivers, or lakes. Although the water appears to be frozen, it may not be solid enough to support the weight of a person. Temperatures in Oklahoma are never cold enough to completely freeze recreational water.

The OSDH also reports 70 injuries from motor vehicle accidents, and 10 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning related to the storm. 

Additional winter weather precautions are available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health Web site at http://www.ok.gov/health/Winter_Precautions.html.


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