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December 19, 2012

County sheriff offers winter safety tips

NORMAN — A winter storm packed with heavy snowfall is a possibility over the Christmas holiday.

Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester wants everyone to be prepared in case they become stranded in a winter storm.

Make sure to have a blanket, candles, matches, flashlight, batteries, weather and/or emergency radio, food and bottled water accessible. Have an extra set of warm clothes and footwear handy.

Before traveling, check the forecast either by television or phone. Fill the vehicle’s gas tank with plenty of fuel. Also, check the oil and fluid levels.

Tires need to be inflated to the appropriate levels. Keep an ice scraper and set of jumper cables in the vehicle.

If possible, pack a cell phone charger that can be used in the cigarette lighter.

Lester said he hopes everyone remembers these safety tips and uses caution if they trek out in a winter storm.

“In the event should a winter storm cover Cleveland County, please stay home and don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary,” Lester said. “Getting out on slick and icy roads only puts yourself and others in danger.”

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