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Special Notices


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 October 22, 2018


Each year, in the three-day period around Halloween, there are approximately 10,000 fires, causing an average of 30 deaths, 125 injuries, and $102 million in property damage. While half of these fires are cooking-related (be careful when making those popcorn balls or that holiday potluck dish), electrical fires and "other/accidental" fires account for a substantial number. We're all clear (hopefully) on the "lit jack o'lanterns have flames in them" thing and know not to play around with them or stick your lit candles in dried-out pumpkins, but have you thought about your Halloween decorations? What about road safety? October is the second-deadliest month when it comes to road vehicle accidents, with more than 3,000 deaths annually, and kids are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car during Halloween than on any other day of the year.


The following are some Halloween safety tips:


Decorating safety


- Check to be sure that the cords on your electrical decorations aren't frayed.

- Make your decorating plans carefully so you're not plugging too many things into one outlet or daisy chaining extension cords.

- Check battery-operated displays for safety (signs that previous years' batteries leaked on the wiring, etc).

- Make sure you don't have the end of your extension cords lying in a pile of dried leaves or a puddle.

- Keep walkways, sidewalks, and steps clear of tripping hazards, remembering that, between the dark and the costumes, kids may not be able to see as well as usual.

- Make sure your walkway and porch are well lit.



Trick or treating safety (we don't do it up in Crystal, but most of us have "little monsters" somewhere)


- Send a responsible adult with younger trick-or-treaters. (Said adult may wish to have a cellphone along for emergencies and pictures but should keep it in their pocket except for those two uses-don't let yourself become distracted.)

- Plan older trick-or-treaters' route and return time in advance.

- Remind all trick-or-treaters not to enter strangers' houses or cars and to stick to well-lit areas and people they know.

- No eating candy until you get home! It should be checked over in a well-lit area and unwrapped items, allergy hazards, and choking hazards (for the little ones) removed.

- Always walk on the sidewalk (if there is one; walk on the edge of the road facing traffic if there isn't) and cross at crosswalks or intersections. (Seventy percent of accidents occur away from intersections and crosswalks.)


Driving safety 


- If possibly, avoid being on the road in residential areas during the time kids are out trick-or-treating. New or inexperienced drivers should especially consider staying home.

- Watch for pedestrians on roadways, medians, and curbs, and don't assume they won't suddenly cross the street without warning.

- Enter and exit driveways carefully.

- Keep a close eye out for children and others in dark clothing.


Costume safety 


- Buy only fire resistant costumes, wigs, and accessories

- If possible, avoid masks, which can make it hard to see. If a mask is a necessary part of the costume, verify that your "little monster" can breathe comfortably and see clearly in all directions.

- Make sure your trick-or-treaters can be seen. Even if they're not wearing dark clothing, don't take any chances. Fasten reflective tape to their costumes or bags or have them carry flashlights or glow sticks.

- You should always buy non-toxic makeup, but also test all makeup on a small area of skin first to check for allergies.

- Make sure costumes fit well and don't drag. No trip hazards here!



Be alert and cautious, and have a howling good time!



Mark Rode
Fire Chief
Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department


Practice Wildfire Safety


People start most wildfires - find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.

  • Contact your local fire department, health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
  • Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
  • Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
  • Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
  • Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
  • Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
  • Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors' skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can't get home.

For more information on wildfire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website.



Warning Sirens

For the safety of the community, Crystal Lakes Associations has evacuations sirens posted throughout the Association. The evacuation siren in case of failure of the dam is located near the Wapiti Mailsheds to cover the floodplain area and sounds like this (whoop sound) -- property owners in the floodplain should evacuate immediately if they hear this siren; all other property owners should remain on their lots, to keep the roads clear for those evacuating the floodplain. Sirens in ALL parts of the association will sound the fire evacuation siren if a wildfire threatens the community -- it sounds like this (alert sound) -- ALL property owners should evacuate IMMEDIATELY if they hear this siren. Emergency personnel will be on hand to help direct evacuating property owners out of the area.

Where to Find Us:

Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District (CLFPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (CLVPD)

237 Blackfoot Road

Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

970-881-3521 (Phone)

970-881-2085 (Fax)


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How to Contact Us

For more information, feel free to contact us by telephone, email, or by using our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!


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