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article imageFire marshal: Be fire safe this Earth Hour

By KJ Mullins     Mar 25, 2011 in World
On Saturday night millions in Ontario are expected to turn off the lights at 8:30 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour. Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek is asking participants to be fire aware during that time.
On March 26 lights will turn off for many Ontarian homes for an hour to create awareness about climate change. Light sources that do not require electricity will be used instead. Wieclawek is asking that instead of candles that residents use flashlights, battery-operated lanterns or flameless candles for light.
"While I do encourage everyone to get involved in this worthy initiative, I hope everyone will take every precaution to prevent fires while doing so," said Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek. "If people do choose to light candles for Earth Hour, they should test all of the smoke alarms in their homes ahead of time to ensure they are working. With an increase in candle use, there is an increased risk of fire."
For those who want to use candles to light their way use sturdy candle holders that don't tip or burn. Those that have glass shades or chimneys are the safest.
Do not use candles close to items that can ignite. The fire department says to keep candles out of the bedroom and to stay in the room where candles are being used.
Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
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