With lights being dimmed around Muskoka for Earth Day tomorrow, comes a warning from Muskoka’s Fire Prevention officers.

Bracebridge Fire Prevention Officer Mike Peake says while people are tempted to use candles from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, he would like to see alternate choices.

“Preventing fires while participating in this worthy initiative is important,” says Peake. “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.”

If you do go the burning candle route, he offers up a few safety tips.

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.

Never leave candles unattended.

Blow all candles out before leaving a room.

Keep candles out of all bedrooms.

Peake reminds people that it is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas.