Archive | Jan, 2010

Does Colorado Have Earthquakes?

Jan 20th, 2010No Comments
Earthquakes in Colorado

Since record taking began in the late 1800's Colorado has recorded more than 400 earthquake tremors with a magnitude of 2.5 or higher.

Monitoring earthquakes in Colorado hasn’t been going on for long only 140 years, but during that time Colorado has never experienced anything like the devastating 7.0 quake in Haiti.

Since 1870, The Colorado Division of Emergency Management says that geologic studies have detected about 100 active faults in the state. Two of most active faults are the Sangre de Cristo Fault, which is at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Sawatch Fault, which runs along the Sawatch Range.

Since record taking began in the late 1800′s Colorado has recorded more than 400 earthquake tremors with a magnitude of 2.5 or higher. The strongest quake ever recorded in Colorado was November 7, 1882. It’s believed to have occurred in the northern Front Range west of Fort Collins and registered a magnitude of 6.5.

While earthquakes are infrequent in Colorado, The Colorado Division of Emergency Management says it’s not possible to accurately estimate the timing or location of future earthquakes in Colorado. However, seismologists predict that Colorado will again experience a magnitude 6.5 earthquake at some unknown point in the future.

About the Author:
Jennifer Zepplin is a Denver Meteorologist for CBS4.

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Take Precautions to Prevent Fires During Cold Weather

Jan 7th, 2010No Comments
Give space heaters their space.

Give space heaters their space.

With record-setting low temperatures, furnaces and space heaters are being used to keep homes warm. Before turning up a thermostat or plugging in a space heater, remember to think twice about both safety and energy efficiency.

The National Fire Protection Association states that heating equipment, like space heaters, are the No. 1 cause of home fires during December, January and February and the second-leading cause of home fires year-round. Most accidents involving space heaters are the result of human error – heaters are placed too close to combustible material like drapes and furniture, or they have not been properly maintained.

Don’t end up a statistic. Follow these tips and share them with your friends and family:

  • Give space heaters their space. Space heaters pose a higher risk of fire and death than central heating systems. Keep the space heater at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including walls.
  • Unplug the heater every time you leave the room and when you go to bed.
  • Plug electric-powered space heaters into an outlet with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
  • Make sure the plug fits snugly in the outlet, since a loose plug can overheat. If you’re using the space heater in the bathroom, be sure to use a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Remember, electricity and water do not mix.
  • Don’t hide the cord under a rug or carpet. This can cause the cord to overheat and start a fire.
  • Keep it stable. Don’t put your space heater on plush carpet or other surfaces where the space heater may tip over easily.
  • Check the tag. Make sure an independent testing laboratory (Underwriters Laboratories) has approved your new space heater.

To conserve energy, try to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. Space heaters should be on timers when you’re at home. Use programmable thermostats to lower temperatures automatically when you’re not at home, leave drapes or curtains open to take advantage of solar heat, and throw an extra blanket on the bed rather than turn up the heat. As a rule of thumb, heating and cooling are responsible for 40 percent of energy use in the home. Stay safe and warm, but conserve where you can.

For more information about NFPA, please visit their website at www.NFPA.org.

About the Author:
LiveSafe Foundation is a non-profit organization (501c3), and leading grassroots movement, devoted to making fire safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses. LiveSafe aims to help finance fire safety education where means are otherwise unavailable. LiveSafe is developing and sponsoring programs to help groups find the resources needed to advance individual and community fire safety.