RECENT LOCATIONS

Close
Add a location
Edit your saved locations

Earth Hour candle safety


Earth Hour is an event to raise awareness on people's impact on the environment
Earth Hour is an event to raise awareness on people's impact on the environment

Matt Casey, staff writer

March 22, 2011 — Light switches will be flipping for climate change awareness on Saturday, March 26, but safety needs to be exercised when using candles.

Toronto fire services recommends covered candles as a safer alternative to open candles
Toronto fire services recommends covered candles as a safer alternative to open candles

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

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room.
  • Don't use candles in bedrooms.
  • Keep candles at least 1 metre away from anything that could burn.
  • Keep candles, lighters, and matches hidden and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won't tip or burn Holders with glass shades are safer than open candles.
  • Extinguish candles when they burn to within 5 cm of their holder.

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.

Sign in or Sign up to submit a comment.




Comments





Take your weather with you, no matter where you go.

Get instant forecasts and alerts, right on your computer.

  • RSS & Data
Add weather updates to your website or RSS reader.