Paramedics: 4 tips to keep you safe in winter weather

OKLAHOMA CITY – The calendar says we’re approaching spring but the winter weather is proving to be dangerous for many Oklahomans.

From midnight Sunday morning through 10 a.m. Monday, EMSA paramedics responded to more than 85 slip and falls, three cold exposure calls and more than 100 car crashes that resulted in injuries.

Jim Winham, director of clinical services with EMSA, stopped by the studios to talk about a few things residents can do to stay safe when winter weather hits.

  • Make sure your shoes have traction to prevent you from falling on icy sidewalks.
  • Experts say you should try and walk or shuffle like a penguin.
  • Also, wear a hat and gloves with you when you go outside, even if it is just to get the paper or the mail.
  • Keep your cell phone nearby if you are caught in an emergency.

Officials say you should also keep an emergency kit inside your car.