If you are interested in visiting a Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue station, please give us a call at 509-763-3034. We offer free blood pressure checks, tours of our apparatus and equipment as well as fire safety lessons. You may also stop by if you see personnel at the station. If we do not answer we may be out on a call.
Fire Safety Events:
Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue is proud to provide fire safety events to the community. One of our events is our Annual Safety Day which occurs at the end of May. We also provide fire safety visits to our local schools and the Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp in July. Lastly we provide safety demonstrations of our equipment, teach the importance of camp fire safety, and show our fire trucks at the Lake Wenatchee State Park Amphitheater which generally is every Saturday from June-August.
Tips for Chimney Safety
1. Making sure your fireplace and chimney get a regular cleaning is a must. Avoid using green or unseasoned wood, the moisture and pitch can lead to the build-up of creosote. Creosote is the by-product of combustion and can adhere to the walls of your chimney/stove pipe and can in some cases ignite, causing us to show up, unexpectedly.
2. Burning paper, especially holiday wrapping (high ink content) can cause the creosote in the stack to ignite.
3. If you haven't been to the cabin in a while, it is a good idea to start with a small fire, to see if the "critters" moved into the chimney while it wasn't in use.
4. Ember screening can disintegrate over time and may need replacing, not only for stopping embers from escaping but for keeping the critters out!
5. Pre-packaged fire logs are intended to be used one at a time and they are intended to burn themselves up. Poking them with a poker increases the heat output and dramatically increases the chances of a chimney fire.
6. If you have a chimney fire, do not reuse the fireplace or stove until it gets cleaned and inspected. Fires can loosen connectors, drop creosote onto the ledges, thus creating a more dangerous situation the next time it ignites.
Disclaimer: Working on steep pitched roofs can be dangerous to your health! Eliminating the chimney fire and creating a medical emergency is not our goal. Be safe, when necessary used a trained professional and despite what old-timers say, "Just build a good ripper and that'll take care of the creosote!"
NOT a good idea!