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March 22, 2011
Candle safety tips for Earth Hour participants
At 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, many Toronto residents will join millions of people around the globe by switching off lights to celebrate Earth Hour. The City of Toronto reminds everyone to exercise fire safety precautions during the lights-out event.

While many sources of fires are on the decline, candle fires have increased dramatically during the past decade. Toronto Fire Services recommends the use of battery-powered flashlights instead of candles as a temporary source of light.

If you are going to use 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.
• Avoid using 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.
• Practise your home fire escape plan.

More information about other fire safety issues is available at,
or Toronto residents can call 416-338-9050 and ask to speak to the municipal Fire Prevention Public Education Office in their neighbourhood.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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