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Make Water Safety a Priority This Summer

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Summer fun in Colorado often involves some time cooling off in a local lake or swimming pool or boating on high mountain lakes and rivers. To help you and your family stay safe around bodies of water, follow these tips:

Water Safety Tips               

*                Practice the buddy system. When swimming make sure someone is available to assist you or go for help if an emergency does happen.

Flash Flood Safety

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By NWS Staff

Only two years ago major flooding in September resulted from over eight inches of rain that fell over a large area from northern Jefferson County to the Wyoming border. This rain caused flash flooding in a number of creeks and rivers, causing considerable flash flooding. Runoff from area streams combined to cause major flooding along the South Platte River. Mitigation is still ongoing to repair flood damage along the streams and rivers in and near the foothills from Larimer County to El Paso County and along the tributaries to the South Platte River.

Understanding Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

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By NWS Staff

When the National Weather Service sees the potential for severe weather, a stream of weather information flows from our forecast offices to you.

Each National Weather Service forecast office has a web site, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed where you can find vital Information highlighting upcoming weather hazards. The hazardous weather outlook, a text product, highlights weather hazards seven days in advance.

Time for Spring Cleaning – and Hantavirus Safety

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Disease has already resulted in one Colorado fatality this year

By Chris Sorensen

With the onset of warmer weather, annual spring cleaning often includes clearing out sheds, out buildings, recreational vehicles and other areas used by rodents as winter shelter - and that brings the potential for exposure to hantavirus. Even an occupied home can potentially be contaminated with droppings and urine carrying Hantavirus.

Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Identity Clean

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Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning? If you are like most of us, you will toss out some papers as spring nears. April also happens to be Records and Information Management month. Identity thieves know that we often toss out valuable information during a spring cleaning purge, and they are on the lookout for anything they can grab that will help them steal your identity. Below are a few tips to keep your identity safe while you freshen up your home.

National Telecommunicator’s Week

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An emergency arises and you call 9-1-1 for help, but you don't know what to tell the dispatcher because you've suddenly forgotten your address. Being prepared can help eliminate some of the stress that sets in during emergencies. National Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week and 9-1-1 Education Month serve as important reminders that being prepared can make all the difference!

National Window Safety Week

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National Window Safety Week is designed to heighten the awareness of what can be done to help keep families safe from the risk of accidental falls or injuries in the home. Falls from a window are extremely dangerous, especially for children, and can cause serious injuries or death. While National Window Safety Week is observed annually, safety education occurs throughout the year.

Car and Booster Seat Safety

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"Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent," states the SafeKids WorldWide website.  You just need to know the details and limits of each. Need help?T here are a number of nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians around Colorado and the country to help you. You can find one nearest you by going to www.carseatscolorado.com and clicking on the "for parents" tab on the left.

March 20-26, 2016 is National Poison Prevention Week

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National Poison Prevention Week

Poisoning is the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Each year, more than two millionpoisonings are reported to the nation's poison centers, which can be reached through the toll-free Poison Helpline, 1-800-222-1222.

The following tips can help protect you and your loved ones: