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Special Notices

Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department
 November 11, 2019
Good evening --

Well, we've just about made it through another polar vortex, and winter's just getting started. Please don't forget to observe driving safety. Drive carefully and keep your speed down on icy roads - having all- or four-wheel drive does not guarantee the ability to stop. No matter how nice the day is, don't go anywhere without at least a jacket in your car (and preferably gloves and other cold weather gear). Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. And if you do get stuck in a snowdrift or ditch, stay in your car - you're much safer there for much longer than you will be on foot. You're also a lot easier to find.
Now is also a great time to check and change your smoke detector batteries, if you haven't done so already.
It's a tad early, since we're still about two weeks away from Thanksgiving, but I thought I might just share a few holiday safety tips now. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Not really a surprise, is it?  The second and third highest days?  Christmas day and Christmas Eve, respectively.  The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is 230% higher than the average number of fires in homes on all other days.   
Help keep yourself, your family, and your friends safe this holiday season by following and sharing these safety tips. We want everyone to enjoy happy and safe celebrations!
* Stay in the kitchen when you're cooking (whether frying, broiling or boiling) so you're able to quickly catch hazardous conditions before they worsen. Make sure to use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking those delicious desserts. That way, you can get as involved in family celebrations as you like without having to worry about overcooking the turkey (or worse, setting it on fire!).
* Make your cooking area safe. Move anything that can burn (packaging, paper towels, dish cloths) away from the stove. Clean up spills as they happen. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can't be bumped.
* Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.  Also, if a pan starts smoking, or the grease in it starts to boil, turn the burner off.  
* Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don't lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware. 
* Be very very careful if you're frying your turkey this year. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area, and a partly frozen turkey will cause oil to splatter when put in the pot. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilled on a hot burner can cause a large fire.  To fry safely, use a fryer with a thermostat control to keep the oil from getting overheated, thaw your turkey completely, don't overfill the pot with oil, keep children and pets at least three feet from the fryer, and of course, fry outside.
* Thanksgiving is a time for family, but please keep young children out of the kitchen when you're cooking or at least monitor them closely. Little hands are invariably curious and hot pans are strangely attractive. 

We, your volunteer fire department members and fellow community members, are thankful for you and your support.  We appreciate your trust in us and your assistance in all we do. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marian Kelly
Assistant 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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