Weather-related accidents keeping EMSA, police busy; Tips to stay safe

OKLAHOMA CITY – While many Oklahomans are staying inside and keeping warm, EMSA paramedics and authorities have been out in the cold staying busy because; all because of the winter weather conditions.

Oklahoma City police have responded to several weather related accidents here in the last few weeks.

Just today, there have been several reports of rollover accidents due to slick road conditions.

EMSA has responded to a total of 23 accidents, 12 falls and two cases of exposures to the below freezing weather.

The wind-chill will reach to negative 10 overnight presenting the threat of possible frost bite when exposed to the cold for extended periods of time.

Mike Roy, operations supervisor with EMSA has some tips to stay safe during these extremely low temperatures.

“If you’re gonna be driving make sure that you’re prepared, have enough fuel in your car. make sure your cell phone is charged. have a charger for your cell phone. pack that little kit you may need if you do get stranded somewhere because of the cold weather blankets warm clothes water that sort of thing.”

He warns that the most dangerous aspect of this weather is exposure.

“exposure is probably one of the bigger things especially with the wind-chill out there people don’t really prepare for that.”  “Our temperatures aren’t as cold as they are further north but exposure for a long period of time out there with the wind can create problems such as hypothermia.”

Roy says 16 calls to car accidents in one day for this weather isn’t extremely high but drivers need to use extra caution even if the roads don’t look slick.

“Even though there’s just what they call a dusting on the road out there with the wind blowing the way it is we have some snow drifts and it is piling up on sides of the road. “