More than 80 wrecks during icy morning commute

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 02/08/2021, 10:43 AM
Edited: 02/08/2021, 8:14 PM
(TULSA, Okla.) UPDATE: EMSA said they responded to 125 Motor Vehicle Collisions and 35 Transports by 5 p.m. Monday. We’re told their usual amount is 24. Officials said they also responded to eight exposure calls and 113 falls. ORIGINAL STORY: Officials are urging residents to exercise caution while out and about this week following a significant uptick in car wrecks. EMSA said they had responded to 84 motor vehicle collisions by 9 AM Monday morning. The average is 10 on a typical morning. The wrecks happened in Tulsa, Bixby, Jenks, and Sand Springs. We’re told they’ve also responded to three exposure calls.
EMSA advises local residents to exercise extreme caution when driving or stepping outside during icy conditions. Additional recommendations include: When possible, try to work in an area sheltered from the wind. Dress appropriately. Wear at least three layers of clothing: an outer layer to break the wind and allow some ventilation (like gortex or nylon); a middle layer of wool, down, or synthetic pile to absorb sweat and retain insulating properties when wet; and an inner layer of cotton or synthetic weave to allow ventilation and escape of perspiration. Layer clothing to create air pockets that help retain body heat. Layering also makes adapting to changes in weather and level of physical exertion easier. Keep a change of clothing available in case your work clothes get wet. If your clothes get wet, you should try to change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Pay special attention to protecting your feet, hands, head, and face. Your head should be covered (up to 40% of your body heat can be lost when your head is exposed). Fingers and hands lose their dexterity at temperatures below 59°F. Find gloves that will allow you to perform the tasks you need to perform and remember to put dry gloves on if your gloves get wet. Wear boots or shoes that protect against cold and dampness. Footwear needs be insulated and fit comfortably with several layers of socks. Avoid wearing dirty or greasy clothing because they have poor insulating properties and will allow you to get cold faster than clean clothing.


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