September is National Preparedness Month

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Do you know what to do when disaster strikes? Do you, your family, neighbors, and co-workers have a plan in the event of a fire, medical emergency, or extreme weather?

National Preparedness Month is a time for residents to plan ahead. Being ready during an emergency is not just about personal safety; it is about protecting loved ones and first responders, who risk their own well-being to protect others. Oakland County Homeland Security is helping residents during National Preparedness Month with the “Your Emergency Plan” downloadable form. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2016

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Family, food and football all make the day a special one. Take a look at the list of tips we’ve gathered to help your day run smooth and safe.

Thaw the Turkey

  • For every 4-5 lbs. of turkey, it takes 24 hours to thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Cold water thawing takes about 30 minutes per pound.
  • Microwave thaw – follow microwave manufacturers direction, cook immediately.

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November Trail Safety: A Matter Of Situational Awareness, Courtesy And Common Sense

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Wild beasts are not a concern on the trails of Oakland County, but knowing a bit about trail etiquette and practicing situational awareness, spiced with a heavy dose of common sense, is an excellent practice for all trail users. Rule One: Don’t hike alone if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Many parks and nature centers have trails where you will easily find others. You can also seek out a club, like the Michigan Adventurers Club, that organizes numerous hikes in Southeast Michigan. Many are offered right here in Oakland County. Continue reading

Halloween Health and Safety Tips from the CDC

 Check out these helpful Halloween Health & Safety Tips from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We know our Oakland County Trick-or-Treaters will find this very useful!

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?
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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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