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National Window Safety Week

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Window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children age five and younger each year.  April 3-9, 2017 is National Window Safety Week and 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 even death. While National Window Safety Week is observed annually, safety education should occur throughout the year.

EpiPen Subject of Nationwide Recall

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies' voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan's EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices' failure to activate.

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? There 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.

8 Simple Steps to Help Seniors, Caregivers Better Manage Medications

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(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any other age group, and they are most likely to experience problems because of their medications.

Thinking of Spring Cleaning? Protect Yourself from Hantavirus

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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.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a serious, potentially fatal, respiratory illness carried by deer mice throughout the state. Deer mice can be particularly abundant in rural areas such as Kiowa County.

Wal-Mart Pizza Recall Includes Colorado

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(Reuters) - A Wal-Mart Stores Inc supplier has recalled frozen pizzas available in 11 U.S. states due to concerns about possible listeria contamination, according to the retailer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About 6,700 pizzas sold under Wal-Mart's Marketside brand were affected by the recall, a representative of the supplier said on Thursday.

Colorado Flood Safety and Preparedness Tips

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Did you know that 267 Colorado cities and towns, and all of Colorado's 64 counties; have been identified as being at risk for flooding? Colorado's landscape and ever-changing weather not only creates a beautiful state, but it also creates potentially powerful flood hazard.

Floods can be one of the most damaging natural disasters. The extensive flooding along the Front Range in September 2013 showed just how real the flood threat is in Colorado. No matter where you live, work or play in the mountains, big cities, small towns or out on the plains, you can be impacted by a flood.

Cyber Security – Protect Yourself Against Ransonware

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CryptoWall is a nasty threat known as Ransomware.  You can't make this stuff up. Cybercriminals have figured out how to lock us out of our own computers, considering that some of us might pay a pretty penny to be able to get back in.

You might ask how they can keep you from getting to your files. Good question. It's kind of like when you were a kid and a much bigger kid took your lunch box and you knew there was no way you could take it back. It's the same thing here, but with no teacher to help.

Cybercriminals at Work

Frozen Pond and Lake Safety

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Each winter, after the ice forms on Colorado's waters, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy ice fishing, ice skating and other fun winter sports.  Before going out onto a frozen lake, pond or river, it's important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice.  Knowing how to judge ice conditions will also help you make more informed decisions while enjoying winter.

Carefully Check Ice Conditions