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Special Notices

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 January 1, 2019
Good morning and Happy New Year!
Well, we've certainly been living in an ice box lately!
Given the recent frigid weather, now's a great time to share some information about hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature (normally 98.6 degrees) drops below 95 degrees. When this happens, vital organs are impacted and people may have trouble thinking clearly, talking properly, or moving well. The most insidious thing about hypothermia is that you may not realize it's happening to you before you're too impaired to do anything about it (the confusion caused by hypothermia may prevent you from noticing that anything's wrong, or fixing it if you do).

Anyone spending much time outdoors in cold weather (or even a short amount of time when it's below 32 degrees or there's any wind -- not that we ever get wind around here...) should dress in layers, have a plan to combat hypothermia (and no, a nip or two of something alcoholic is not a good preventative - exactly the opposite, in fact), and have a buddy check up on them regularly to verify they're not showing any of the warning signs of hypothermia (see below).

But you don't actually have to be outside or in extreme cold to be affected by hypothermia. People may suffer from hypothermia even when temperatures are just cool, especially when they get wet (whether from snow, rain, or sweat). It's also possible to fall victim to a form of chronic hypothermia caused by spending extended periods of time in cool (not necessarily cold) environments. So if you're having trouble keeping your house warm in the cold weather, make sure you bundle up to maintain your core body temperature.

Warning signs of hypothermia: 

Early Signs:
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Puffy or swollen face
  • Pale skin
  • Shivering (although a warning sign that you're moving into more serious hypothermia is not shivering anymore)
  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Acting sleepy, angry, or confused
Later Signs:
  • Slow or clumsy movement, trouble walking
  • Stiff and jerky arm or leg movements
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Blacking out or losing consciousness
If you experience any of these symptoms or see someone who is, you must take quick action. First, get the person out of the cold environment, remove any wet clothes, and cover them with dry blankets or whatever's available (don't remove wet clothing if you don't have something to cover them with). Up through the third symptom in Early Signs, you may be able to safely rewarm the person using these methods and, if possible, offering them something warm to drink (not alcohol or caffeine). Avoid using heating pads or hot baths - external heat sources can burn numbed skin, and warming a hypothermic person too quickly or jostling them too much can cause an irregular heart beat or even heart failure as extremely cold blood makes its way to the heart.

If you or someone else shows several of the symptoms on the second half of the list of Early Signs or any of the Later Signs of hypothermia, call 911 immediately. They need medical care in a hospital setting to ensure their body temperature is brought back up to normal safely, without causing additional harm.   
Finally, from everyone here at Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department:
Happy New Year!
Thanks and stay safe!

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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