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Firefighters Stress Need for Menorah Safety

Saturday, December 08, 2012 |

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

With the Jewish celebration of Chanukah 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 Menorah.

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

  • Place the Menorah in a safe, secure, and well watched area.
  • Never place a lit Menorah near curtains, shades, tablecloths, plants, books, or under counters.
  • Be mindful of drafts and air currents from heating/ventilation systems.
  • Do not put the Menorah on an unsteady table or surface.
  • Avoid leaving the Menorah unattended when burning.
  • Do not have open flame if medical oxygen is being used in the home.
  • Make sure any oil used for the Menorah is stored in a stable holder, well removed from the flame or heat source.
  • Adult supervision is essential when children light the Menorah.
  • Assure that infants, toddlers and pets are unable to reach or access the Menorah.
  • 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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