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Kingston Fire And Rescue Offers Earth Hour Fire Safety Tips

March 19, 2013 -

Between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, lights will go off around the world to mark Earth Hour, a world-wide effort initiated by the World Wildlife Fund to acknowledge humanity's impact on Earth's climate. Those observing the hour unplug devices and light candles to minimize their use of electrical power.

Many Kingstonians enjoy Earth Hour together at the Kingston Unplugged event, which starts this year at 6:30 p.m. in a candle-lit Springer Market Square (see www.kingstonunplugged.com for details). Those observing Earth Hour, may also be interested in early bird registration for the upcoming Sustainable Kingston Community Forum 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at the K-Rock Centre (see<www.sustainablekingston.ca).

Below, Kingston Fire and Rescue, offers a number of fire safety tips for those unplugging for Earth Hour.

Unplugging?  Be Fire Safe.

  1. Use flashlights or glow sticks instead of candles or lanterns to reduce fire risks.
  2. Keep all matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children, preferably locked away.
  3. If you use candles in secure holders with glass chimneys, lamps, or lanterns, keep them away from children, pets, and all combustible materials, such as draperies, papers, etc.  Avoid walking with a lit candle or lantern. Never leave a candle or lantern unattended and make sure they are put out when you leave the room or go to bed.  Refill lanterns outdoors.

For more fire safety tips, see www.CityofKingston.ca/fire.

Plan to get there by bus: www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.