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Tips To Prepare For Cold Weather

Updated: 10/05/2012 - Tips for staying warm: -Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head. -Wear layers, as they provide better insulation and warmth. -Keep fingertips, earlobes, and noses covered if you go outside. -Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it. Tips for Extreme Cold Prevention from the CDC: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/cold_guide.pdf Learn how to winterize your home: http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Its-Time-To-Winterize-Your-Home--172592321.html The Five P’s of Cold Weather Preparedness: http://www.disastersrus.org/emtools/cold/cold.htm Tips to protect your pets in cold weather: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/cold-weather-tips.aspx Tips to Prepare your vehicle for cold weather: (From Allstate Insurance Co.) -Be sure to get your engine checked out if you are experiencing hard starts, stalls or other problems. Windshield wiper blades that are not making full contact with the window, or that are cracked and dried out, should be replaced. Also, be sure to keep extra windshield washer fluid and an ice scraper in your car. Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, flares, water and a flashlight. Examine your tires for tread life and uneven wearing. Also, be sure tires are properly inflated. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Be sure the heater and defroster in your car are working properly to ensure passenger comfort and driver visibility. The cooling system should be flushed every two years with a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water. Have the level, condition and concentration of the antifreeze mixture checked periodically. Have your mechanic check your battery fluid levels, battery posts and cable connectors. Bad connections can keep your car from starting. Brakes should be checked as recommended, but if you are noticing pulsations, noises or longer stopping distances, get a mechanic to look at them right away. Make sure all lights and bulbs are in proper working order and replace any burned-out bulbs.

Whooping Cough Clinic Saturday

Posted: 10/05/2012 - With cases of the whooping cough on the rise in Colorado, local health leaders are urging people to get vaccinated. So far, 940 cases have been reported in Colorado this year. The Fire Department and health leaders are teaming up, holding clinics to get the vaccine out. The clinic will be at the Fire Department headquarters Saturday, running from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flu shots will also be offered.

Here's The Deal! Money Saving Ideas 10/4/2012

Posted: 10/04/2012 - We all have our favorite things, including our favorite ways to save money. We explain in this week's "Here's The Deal!"

The Art of Edgar Huerta Showcase

Posted: 10/04/2012 - Experience the works of Colorado Springs artist Edgar Huerta in Old Colorado City on Friday, October 5th, from 5pm until 8pm. Please follow the link provided for more information.

Number For Possible Victims of Murray Basinger

Posted: 10/03/2012 - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about the alleged child sex assault accusations against Murray Basinger to call a specific detective. Or if you know any possible victims of the 53 year old, call: Detective Greg White 719-520-7246

Help With Insurance Issues

Posted: 10/03/2012 - Colorado Department Of Regulatory Agencies- Insurance Division

Winter Preparation Checklist For Your Home

Posted: 10/03/2012 - Winter in Colorado can strike any time now. Colorado Springs Utilities has a great checklist to help you get ready for the colder months.

Popcorn Recall

Posted: 10/03/2012 - Dale and Thomas Popcorn is voluntarily recalling bags of its flavored, ready-to-eat Indiana-brand products. The F-D-A says there is concern about a possible Listeria contamination. The recalled popcorn bags were distributed after August 8th and have "best by" dates of February 4, 2013 to March 12, 2013. Listeria is most dangerous to young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. It can cause a high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

I-25 Detours During Presidential Debate

Posted: 10/02/2012 - Six miles of I-25 will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 3, for the Presidential Debate in Denver. Here's a link for detours in the area.

Colorado Bullying Prevention and Awarness Week

Posted: 10/02/2012 - Visit the website for Campaign For Kindness to find out more about Colorado's Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week.

Honda Recall

Posted: 10/02/2012 - Honda is recalling more than half a million of its popular Accord vehicles because of a potential fire risk. The recall involves the Accord V-6 from model years 2003-to-2007. Honda says the power steering hoses in these cars could leak and cause a fire in the engine. So far, no crashes or injuries have been reported. Honda dealers will fix the problem for free. But, replacement parts for the Accord won't be available until early next year.

Track Crime In Your Neighborhood

Posted: 10/01/2012 - Colorado Springs Police have a tool you can use to track crime in your neighborhood.

NEVER a Victim Self Defense Class

Posted: 10/01/2012 - October 27th - NEVER a Victim Self Defense Class This class will be held at Fountain City Hall, Fountain, CO from 10-2pm. TESSA will receive 20% of proceeds. This is a fun-filled and empowering opportunity for women everywhere. Questions can be directed to Doris at 719/339-1959 or at doris@never-a-victim.org.

Peanut Butter Recall

Posted: 10/01/2012 - A new recall alert for you peanut butter lovers out there. Sunland Inc. has recalled multiple products after salmonella was linked to the Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter. According to the CDC, 30 illnesses in 19 states can be traced to the Trader Joe's product. The recall includes nut products from: Whole Foods Market, Target, Fresh and Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop and Shop Supermarket Company, among others. For more information, click this link.

Newborn Hope

Updated: 10/01/2012 - Learn more about Newborn Hope - the local non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research and support programs that assist premature babies. This link also takes you to more information about a luncheon coming up in November.

Apply for the New Memorial-UCH Local Board

Posted: 10/01/2012 - This is information for anyone who would like to apply to be a member of the new Memorial Health System's board. Please complete the Application for Appointment to the New MHS - UCH Local Board, which can be found at www.SpringsGov.com by clicking on "Get Involved" then click on "Commissions and Committees". Either email your application to cityrecruiting@springsgov.com or mail it to the physical address no later than October 4, 2012.

Alorica Job Fair

Posted: 10/01/2012 - Call center Alorica plans to hire 350 people by the end of the year. The company is holding a job fair Monday, October 1. It will take place at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, click on the link.

General Motors Recall

Posted: 10/01/2012 - General Motors has issued a recall for 40-thousand cars and S-U-V's because of a faulty fuel pump. The recall affects these models: the 2007 through 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2007 Chevrolet Equinox; 2007 through 2009 Pontiac G-5; 2007 Pontiac Torrent; And 2007 Saturn Ion. G-M says the fuel pumps in those vehicles could crack and cause a potentially dangerous fuel leak. The vehicles were sold or registered in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. Owners can get a free replacement by contacting a G-M dealer.

Protect Yourself From Scam Using FBI Name

Updated: 09/29/2012 - A new scam is making its way around. These two links can help you remove it and clean your computer. http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ f secure easy clean: http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools The scam locks up your computer and asks for two hundred dollars to fix the problem. The screen looks officials. It has the F-B-I logo and says “this operating system is locked due to a violation of federal laws" The screen says "you have 72-hours to pay or you will be arrested". The F-B-I is getting thousands of complaints about this worldwide… and issued this warning online: "The FBI will never insist that you need to pay a fine to the FBI to unlock it. That's not a law enforcement tactic." But the problem is your computer really is locked; even restarting won't get rid of the screen. This virus is called reveton (rev-it-on) ransomware. Ransomware because it requests money. Scammers use it in connection with other malware, so unlocking your computer doesn't mean you're done with this invasion. What makes this scam particularly frightening is that it's a drive-by virus... You can pick it up just by surfing the web and there's no way to know which sites are infected. But you can protect yourself by getting an anti-virus program that has browser protection such as fsecure. www.fsecure.com And if you want to take more steps to make sure nothing else is hidden its suggested you run multiple scans, free ware like mal bytes and easy clean by F secure are good options. Because certain types of malware can capture personal information like user names, passwords, and credit card numbers. http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ f secure easy clean: http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal-tools Experts say if it strikes your computer , don't try to fix it yourself unless you are sure that you can. The more time you spend trying, the more the virus spreads. It shouldn't be an expensive repair - less than a hundred bucks if you don't mess with it.

Free Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Posted: 09/29/2012 - With cases of the whooping cough on the rise here in Colorado, local health leaders are urging people to get vaccinated. The fire department and health leaders are teaming up holding free clinics to get the vaccine out. The targeted group is people who care for children. Officials hope to immunize 1000 people by the time they’re done in order to stop the fast spreading whooping cough here in El Paso County. The TDAP and Flu Immunization Clinics are being held specifically for licensed and home care child care workers. The three upcoming clinics will be held at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Headquarters at 375 Printers Parkway. They are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the following dates: October 6, November 10, and December 8.

Money Magazine names the top banks in America

Posted: 09/28/2012 - A new list from Money Magazine names the best banks with perks like easy to avoid feed and good interest rates.Click on the link below to see if your home bank made the list.

BeSafeRx

Updated: 09/28/2012 - FDA's website showing people how to find safe online pharmacies.

Prescription Drug Take Back

Posted: 09/28/2012 - On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating a one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. This is a statewide event that will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement for destruction. The event will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is responsible for securing the collected drugs until the DEA has recovered them. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage units will be collected. Items which CANNOT be accepted are: Needles & Sharps, Mercury {thermometers}, Oxygen containers, Chemotherapy/Radioactive substances, Pressurized canisters or Illicit Drugs. Three locations have been set for collection: POLICE OPERATIONS CENTER 705 S. NEVADA AVE. STETSON HILLS 4110 TUTT BLVD. SECURITY FIRE STATION #1 400 SECURITY BLVD. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL NORTH 4050 BRIARGATE PKWY

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