Creating your own weather

Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
​Some say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, b ...

Utilities Board seeks customer input

Published: 11/28/2018  1:47 PM
Colorado Springs is fortunate to operate its own community-owned utility. This means that our customers have a say in how their utility operates and plans to provide service in the future. Right now, our Colorado Springs Utilities Board and CEO Ara ...

Give thanks and get deals

Published: 11/21/2018  10:19 AM
​It's that time of the year where we give thanks for what we have, and then get some more!   With the discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to upgrade your home with smart technology and efficient appliances. Plus, many ...

A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for farmers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance

Published: 10/30/2018  2:46 PM
Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or a warm place to lay their heads, our customers count on Project COPE to help when times get tough. Donations to Project COPE make a difference in the lives of so many families. Project COPE is the only local organ ...

Don't be haunted by phantom load

Published: 10/22/2018  10:56 AM
​There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use. Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby ...

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Top 5 July 4 holiday safety tips   

Author: Jane  by  Jane Z.  on  6/28/2018

FireworksThe Fourth of July usually means parades, cookouts, swimming and spending time with friends and family. But just because you are letting loose and enjoying the day off of work, you still need to be aware of your and your family's safety on the holiday.

1. Reminder: Burn restrictions are in effect in the City of Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Fire Marshal’s burn restrictions are currently in effect to include:

  • No recreational fires, bonfires, open or prescribed burns
  • No smoking in ALL city parks and open spaces

Fireworks: Recreational fireworks are illegal in the City, which includes anything requiring ignition to include: sparklers, snakes, aerials, comets, flares, spinners, missiles, etc. Yes, even sparklers are illegal and prohibited!

The City of Colorado Springs has pockets of El Paso County property where there are fireworks stands to purchase fireworks, but they are illegal in the City. A fire started by fireworks that threatens or damages property is a crime of arson. Possession, use and/or the sale of fireworks is subject to a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 189 days in jail. If you hear or witness the use of fireworks being used by a neighbor, call 719-444-7000.

Fireworks hospitalize more than 9,000 people each year and 50 percent of fireworks injuries are children under the age of 14. Head to a show and leave fireworks to the professionals!

2. Prevent drowning accidents and deaths

About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive ER care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

3. Wear sunscreen!

Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, water resistance and an SPF of 30-50. Re-apply regularly, wear lightweight, long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses and hat protection. According the Environmental Working Group, in 2015 more than twice as many American men died from melanoma as women.

4. Use alcohol responsibly

More beer is sold on July 4 than any other holiday: about 68 million cases! However, it is also the second worst day of the year (after Jan. 1) for fatal traffic accidents. Fifty-one percent of deadly car accidents are alcohol related. Designate a sober driver: A DUI could cost you up to $25,000 and your job.

5. Enjoy the BBQ but grill safely

  • Always supervise a grill when in use
  • Keep pets and children away from grills
  • Keep the grill in the open away from houses, decks and tree branches.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 9,600 home grill fires were reported annually. The leading causes were a failure to clean the grill properly or using the grill too close to something that could burn.  

Have fun and enjoy Independence Day safely with your family and friends!


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