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.
Los Angeles Fire Department