Be Fire-Safe While Participating in Earth Hour 

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO – March 27, 2015 - To prevent property loss and fire-related injuries, the Brantford Fire Department is strongly recommending that people use flashlights, battery-operated lanterns or flameless candles for light, instead of candles during Earth Hour on March 28.  On that evening, millions of Ontarians are expected to turn off their lights to help reduce electricity consumption and create awareness about climate change for the time period between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“Preventing fires while participating in this worthy initiative is important,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer Dwayne Armstrong.  “If people do choose to light candles for Earth Hour, they should test all of the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide 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.” 

If candles must be used, special care should be taken to prevent a fire which would include:

  • Use sturdy candleholders that won’t tip or burn. Those with glass shades or chimneys are best.
  • Keep lit candles a safe distance away from anything that can burn.
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Always stay in the room where candles are being used. Blow all candles out before leaving a room.
  • Keep candles out of all bedrooms.

It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in the home. Also, have and practice a home fire escape plan, this will help ensure everyone knows what to do in a fire.   Visit our website to learn more about smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements.

For more information contact:

Fire Prevention Division
Brantford Fire Department