Firefighters Highlight Need For Kinara Safety

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 |

The month of December is full of tradition and cultural observance. It is also a time when many households use candles - sometimes with tragic results.

With the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa calling for the use of lit candles, firefighters remind you that the same safety precautions for general candle use, also apply to the multi-branched candelabrum known as the Kinara.

To assure a safe celebration, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests:

  • Place the Kinara in a safe, secure, and well watched area.
  • Never place a lit Kinara near curtains, shades, tablecloths, plants, books, or under counters.
  • Be mindful of drafts and air currents from heating/ventilation systems.
  • Do not put the Kinara on an unsteady table or surface.
  • Avoid leaving the Kinara unattended when burning.
  • Do not have open flame if medical oxygen is being used in the home.
  • Adult supervision is essential when children light the Kinara.
  • Assure that infants, toddlers and pets are unable to reach or access the Kinara.
  • Store matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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