From The Desk of Chief Caswell:
Spring is coming and I would like to take a moment to remind residents that as the snow melts and the ground begins drying out, conditions for the probability of grass fires increases greatly. Avoid any burning when there is a significant amount of wind. Wind direction can change instantly and without warning, taking what might be a small controlled fire and turning it into a large, frenzied and highly unsafe situation. Contact the Waubeka Fire Department (262)692-2656 and the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department (262)284-7172 prior to any burning.
Spring also means getting out the grill and enjoying the outdoors. A few tips for you to follow can make for a safe grilling season. Start out with a clean grill, free of grease or food buildup. Always use the grill outside and away from your home, garage, eaves or overhanging branches. Never leave it unattended and keep children and pets away while it is in use. For charcoal grills, use only charcoal starter fluid to light the coals. Keep the fluid, and matches, out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. Wait until coals are completely cooled then dispose of them in a metal container. For propane grills, check the fuel line prior to the first use. Spray the hose with a soap/water solution to check for leaks. If you see bubbles in the hose after turning the gas on, there is a leak that will need to be addressed prior to use.
April is severe weather awareness month in Wisconsin, being recognized the week of April 17-21. The annual statewide simulated tornado drill will be held on Thursday April 20th. This is a good time to review emergency plans with your family.
Future dates to remember:
May 21, 2017 – Waubeka Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast – see any member for tickets.
June 10, 2017 – Flag Day – Also watch for Raffle Tickets for a 55” TV. The drawing will take place at the Waubeka Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House in October – see any member for tickets.
July 4, 2017 – Independence DayPlease contact us if you would like to find out more information on how you can become a member of the Waubeka Fire Department. 262-692-2656
Jason D. Caswell