Director: David Fiess, MPA Phone: (260) 449-7459 FAX: (260) 449-7460 Email: dave.fiess@allencounty.us
Location: 2242 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Josh Blauvelt, BS, CHHS, Asst. Director; Tom McCue, BS, Env. Health Specialist II; Francis Koch, Env.Technician; Trina Riecke, Lead Case Manager; Cindy Wable, Lead Case Coordinator/Env. Technician; Pat De Haven, Secretary Seasonal Mosquito Technicians

Unwanted Refrigerators & Freezers

DOORS ON REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS

Refrigerators and freezers should not be stored outside with the doors still attached.  Children can enter the appliance and become trapped.  They may not be able to re-open the door. 

      Allen County Code Title 10 Article 12, Public Health Hazards (Effective 1/1/15)

DISPOSAL OF FREON APPLIANCES

Freon appliances (refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, etc.) cannot be set out for garbage collection.  Due to Federal regulations under the Clean Air Act, the freon must be removed by a licensed person/company before the appliance is sent to the landfill or recycled (the preferred alternative).

The following companies will collect freon appliances for a small fee.  The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health does not endorse the companies; the list is provided for easy access to information.

  • A-1 Mark's Appliance, Inc.      260 422-5700
    A-1 will collect at the home for a small cost or you can drop it off.  There is a lower cost for dropping the appliance off.  All appliances are recycled or reused.
  • OmniSource                           260 422-5541
    The customer must bring the appliance to OmniSource.  There is no curbside collection.  There is a small cost if the Freon is still in the appliance.  If the Freon and compressor are removed according to government regulations, there is no charge.  OmniSource recycles the appliances.
  • Wisman's Appliance               260 483-0575
    Wisman's will collect at the curb for a small cost.  If the appliance is dropped off, there is a smaller cost.  Appliances are recycled.

 

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  • Trina Riecke, Lead Case Manager, conducts a developmental assessment of a lead-poisoned child.
  • Lucky the Lead Free Lemur is a mascot of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  He appears at health fairs and other events to promote lead prevention.
  • This engorged American Dog Tick was pulled off a human.  To prevent tick attachment, wear light-colored clothing, long pants with the bottoms placed into the top of socks, and apply a DEET-product to your clothing.  Check your clothing and body after exiting a high grass or wooded area.
  • De-rimmed tires breed mosquitoes and can provide drinking water for rats.  Culex species, ones that can carry WNv, and Ae. triseriatus, carrier of LaCrosse Encephalitis, use tires as a habitat when in the larval form.  The sun heats the black rubber allowing for increased mosquito production, even when it is cool out.  Tires should be properly disposed of or covered to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • A female Culex mosquito laying an egg raft, which can consist of 200-300 eggs.
  • A blood sample to be tested for lead is taken from a capillary in the tip of the finger.
  • Mold needs water to grow.  Remove the water source and there won't be a mold problem.
  • The American dog tick is the largest tick in Indiana and can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • Children enjoy meeting Lucky the Lead Free Lemur.
  • Sticky traps are a great tool to catch cockroaches.
  • Trina Riecke educates a citizen about how to maintain a healthy and safe home.
  • Rats like to eat grease, as can be seen in the pan on the stove.
  • Educating the public on Vector-borne diseases is an on-going effort.
  • Ae. triseriatus, a carrier of LaCrosse Encephalitis, lays her eggs in treeholes and containers.
  • Mosquito larvae
  • Cockroach infestation in kitchen cabinet.
  • Mosquitofish can be placed into ornamental ponds to eat mosquito larvae.  The fish only get to be an inch in length.
  • Un-maintained swimming pools are perfect for breeding the mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus.
  • Double whammy for mosquito breeding - uncovered boat with un-rimmed tire in it.
  • Notice the pop can the rats tried pulling into a burrow.
  • This rat ate poison bait stored in a secure station.
  • Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become infected if scratched too much.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Free radon test kits are available at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health.
  • Ingredients taken from a meth lab that was found in a house.
Did You Know?

In 1849, Edgar Allen Poe died, possibly of rabies.