It's an event that started back in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Over 2 million people in the city switched off their lights to make a stand on climate change. Since then, Earth Hour has grown to global proportions with over 100 countries, including Canada, participating in 2010.
As residents switch off their lights, many people will light their homes with candles. Toronto Fire Services recommends that battery powered flashlights be used instead of candles for safety reasons. However, if candles are preferred there are some safety measures that should be followed to prevent a fire.
CANDLE SAFETY TIPS
This year's Earth Hour event begins at 8:30pm local time on March 26. At that time homeowners and businesses are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. According to the World Wildlife Federation website over 200,000 Canadian's have pledged to take part in this year's event.