Toronto Goes Dark: Earth Hour Candle Fire Safety | Commentary
While our neighbors to the north are celebrating Earth Hour on March 31st at 8:30 p.m. The City of Toronto never wants their citizenry to be "in the dark" about safety.
Earth Hour is a coperative effort that began with the World Wildlife Fund and has brought awareness of electric waste and global warming to the mainstream.In 2011,
According to the World Wildlife fund website "Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switch off for an hour. But it also marked the start of something new – going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action on climate change. And with the power of social networks behind the Earth Hour message, we hope to attract even more participation so we can build a truly global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet."
The City of Toronto reminds everyone that fire safety must be exercised during lights-out.
While many sources of fires are on the decline, candle fires have increased dramatically during the past decade. Toronto Fire Services recommends not using candles - instead, use battery-powered flashlights.
If using candles, please follow these fire safety tips:
• Always stay in the room where candles are lit.
• Extinguish all candles when leaving the room, especially when going to sleep.
• Don’t use candles in bedrooms.
• Keep candles at least one metre away from anything that can burn.
• Keep candles, matches and lighters hidden and out of the reach of children and pets.
• Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip or burn. Those with glass shades or chimneys are safer.
• Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres (two inches) of their holder.
• Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home.
• Practice your home fire escape plan.