CITY OF EL PASO OPERATIONAL HOURS:
Mon-Thurs, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Closed Fridays
Safety Tips: Fireplace
  • Have flues and chimneys inspected before each heating season for leakage and blockage by creosote or debris.
  • Open the fireplace damper before lighting the fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool.
  • Never close the damper before going to bed if the ashes are still warm. An open damper will prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home, especially while the family is sleeping.
  • Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter or other fuel to light or relight a fire because the vapors can explode.
  • Never keep flammable fuels or materials near a fire.
  • Never store flammable liquids in your home.
  • Never use charcoal in a fireplace because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep a screen or glass enclosure around a fireplace to prevent sparks or embers from igniting flammable materials.