Community Watch & Safety

FEMA Holiday and Travel Safety Information

Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Keep your holidays happy with safe decorations. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. Be fire smart as you deck the halls for a festive holiday season with these USFA tips:



  • Water Christmas trees every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.
  • Make sure Christmas trees are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure the tree does not block exits.
  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away strands with frayed or pinched wires. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where you can not knock them down.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Never leave a burning candle alone in an empty room.

Find more holiday, Christmas tree, and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.

Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

Share ways to prepare for the holidays with your family, friends, and community. The Ready Campaign’s Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkit provides preparedness information and graphics to help your audience. The main tips for holiday and travel safety include: · Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.



  • Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.
  • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
  • Turn off holiday lights at night.
  • Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out.
  • Shop securely online over the holidays.

For more tips, hashtags, promotional content, Twitter, and Facebook messages, visit the Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit.

Ice Safety Information

The winter season offers many opportunities for sports and recreation at Ashford Lake. Should your activities include venturing out onto the frozen surface of the lake, be aware of the danger and take precautions to ensure your safety.

  • No ice should be considered “safe.”
  • It takes at least four inches of clear, solid ice to support a person; it takes five to six inches to support a group of people.
  • Ice thickness and strength can vary in different spots on the lake. Springs, water depth, temperature fluctuation and wind will all affect the thickness of the ice.
  • When air temperature stays above freezing for 24 hours or more, ice starts losing strength.
  • Snow cover inhibits ice formation. The snow insulates the ice from the cold air above, and the warm water underneath contributes to melting the ice.
  • Avoid getting onto ice if it has melted away from the shore.
  • Above all, never go out on the ice alone, always let someone know your plans, and carry a cell phone to call 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Recreational vehicles, snowmobiles and ATV’s are prohibited from use on the frozen surface of Ashford Lake.



Residents are reminded to lock vehicles and secure residences at all times. Call State Police directly if you observe anything suspicious; then notify the Board.

If you see something, say something.

Troop C can be reached at (800) 318-7633 or (860) 896-3200.
There is also an anonymous tip line available for reporting suspected criminal activity:


Local Emergency Contact Information:
(click name for website link)

Ashford Fire Department – Emergency 911

Eastford Fire Department – Emergency 911

Connecticut State Police  – Emergency 911

Eastern Highlands Health District (Ashford) – (860) 429-3325

Northeast District Department of Health (Eastford) – (860) 774-7350

Ashford Animal Control – (860) 487-4402

Eastford Animal Control – (860) 377-6635

American Red Cross, Connecticut – (800) 733-2767

Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security – (860) 566-3180


PLEASE NOTE: No person shall operate and no Association Member shall permit the operation of any Recreation Vehicle, Snowmobile, and All Terrain Vehicle on or in the lake, beaches, roads, right-of-ways and any other common elements of the Association unless the owner holds a valid, written consent letter awarded by the A.L.P.O.A. Board of Directors before such operation shall be lawful.
To read more about the ATV Resolutions, click HERE.