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March 26, 2009
Candle safety tips for Earth Hour
This Saturday night (March 28), Toronto residents will join millions of people around the world to celebrate Earth Hour by turning off their lights.

City of Toronto Fire Services reminds everyone that fire safety must be exercised during the lights-out period.

It's best not to use candles - instead, use a battery-powered flashlight if you need light. While many sources of fires are on the decline, candle fires have increased dramatically during the past decade.

If using candles, exercise caution by following these tips:
- Always stay in the room when it has lit candles in it.
- Extinguish all candles in a room when leaving it or going to sleep.
- Avoid using candles in bedrooms.
- Keep candles at least a metre away from anything that can burn.
- Keep candles, matches and lighters hidden and out of the reach of children and pets.
- Use sturdy candleholders that won’t tip or burn - those with glass shades or chimneys are safer.
- Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres of their holder.
- Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.
- Plan and practise a home escape plan in the event of fire.

For more information about fire safety issues, visit or call 416-338-0338 and ask to speak to a Fire Prevention Office near you.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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