Healthy Homes

 Everyone needs a healthy home. However, did you know that some of the most serious health and safety problems may start at home? Did you know that your chances of getting hurt at home are much higher than they are at work or school? Very young children and older adults are the people most likely to get hurt at home. In the U.S., most people spend over 90% of their time indoors. We need to be aware of the health and safety of our indoor environments. There are steps and resources that can help us keep our homes safe. 

Fire Prevention Week (Second week of October) Download the tools to promote home fire safety: 

Steps to prevent fires:

• Have properly working smoke alarms 

• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year

• Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom 

• Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month 

• Install a home sprinkler system 

• Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them

As cooler weather comes, please help make certain your homes are Safe by using the following Home-Fire-Safety Checklist. If you use natural gas to fuel your heaters, make certain you have working Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors.

Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling?  Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information

Line Dance:   Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us!

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics: Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Pumpkin Chill

• 1 tbsp. olive oil 

• 1 cup yellow onion chopped 

• 1 cup green bell pepper chopped 

• 1/2 cup jalapeno seeded & chopped 

• 1 tbsp. garlic minced 

• 1 lb. extra lean ground beef 

• 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with the liquid 

• 1 cup water 

• 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree 

• 1 tbsp. chili powder 

• 1 tsp ground cumin 

• 1 15 oz. can kidney beans rinsed and drained 


1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. 

2. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender. 

3. Add lean beef and cook until browned. 

4. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. 

5. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. 

6. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.