This weekend thousands of people are going to turn their lights out for Earth Hour. Local Fire Departments want you to be safe while doing it. Fire Chief Steve Hernen says preventing fires while participating in this worthy cause is important. He suggests using battery-operated lanterns or flashlights instead of candles. Earth hour happens Saturday and starts at 8:30.

If candles must be used, special care should be taken to prevent a fire. Here are some tips:

  • Use sturdy candleholders that won’t tip or burn. Those with glass shades or chimneys are best.
  • Keep lit candles a safe distance away from anything that can burn.
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Always stay in the room where candles are being used. Never leave candles unattended. Blow all candles out before leaving a room.
  • Keep candles out of all bedrooms. It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas of the home.

Smoke alarms can provide an early warning of fire and a home escape plan will help ensure everyone knows what to do in a fire.