Be fire safe this Earth Hour

Are you planning to celebrate Earth Hour Saturday night? Fire Chief Dave Wood urges everyone to keep fire safety in mind when the lights go out.

The City of St. Catharines will join communities around the world in shining a light on climate action Saturday, March 25.

The City is turning off non-essential lights at City Hall and some other City buildings from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to show its support for Earth Hour 2017. The City encourages residents to go one hour with no power and join in the global call for action on climate change by also turning out non-essential lights and powering down TVs, mobile devices and other electronics.

The fire chief recommends you use flash lights, battery powered lanterns and flameless candles during Earth Hour celebrations. If you do plan to use traditional candles, the fire chief urges you to place them in sturdy candle holders, ensure wicks are only a oneeighth of an inch in length and kept up high and away from children, pets and things that can catch fire.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should also have backup battery power to keep everyone safe if the hydro goes out.

“Never leave candles unattended,” said Fire Chief Dave Wood. “Always extinguish candles when you leave the room and make sure you have the required number of working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.”

Source – City of St. Catharines press  release