CHANUKAH SAFETY TIPS
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THESE CHANUKA SAFETY TIPS
LIGHTING THE MENORAH
Most “arts and crafts” Hanukkah lamps (“Hanukkya”), made by children are not suitable for lighting. Often made
of wood and are extremely flammable and dangerous.
Do not leave matches around.
Do not place the Menorah near draperies, books or anything that might easily catch fire.
Place the Hanukkah lamp on a sturdy surface made of non-flammable material such as marble, glass or metal.
Make sure Menorah is on a sturdy table surface.
Do not place the Hanukkah lamp in a location where it can be knocked over -either by a passing person or the
wind, or where something can fall on it.
If the sleeves of your outfit are lose fitting, roll them up before lighting the menorah.
If lighting several menorahs on a table light the ones in the back first so you do not reach over flames.
Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case anything happens.
PETS- Pets can knock over tables, hit the table with tale CAUTION. Make sure your pet cannot reach the Menorah.
Arts and crafts kids made keep away from Menorahs.
NEVER LEAVE A LIT HANUKKAH LAMP UNATTENDED!
P’sak From Rav Yechezkel Roth Shlita: Extinguish Menorah Before Leaving Homes –
If someone is going to leave his home after lighting his Menorah, he should do so after thirty minutes from candle lighting and must extinguish the menorah after that.
Do not leave a Menorah unattended for a minute.
In case of fire with candles you can use water. In case of fire with oil lamp use fire ext. or Baking soda or flour.
When frying latkes, always keep baking soda and a cover for the frying pan nearby.
Cover a frying pan with a frying screen to prevent grease splatters and burns.
Keep pot and pan handles inward away from the edge of the stove. In doing this, do not place handles over an open flame or heated burner while you are cooking. If they are hanging out over the stove
they could be knocked off with hot oil flying!
Fire extinguisher: good idea to keep a 10 lb. ABS fire extinguisher near the kitchen, away from the stove.
DO NOT POUR WATER ON A GREASE FIRES (when frying latkes for example)
If you do not have a fire extinguisher KEEP A LARG BOX OF BAKING SODA or FLOUR nearby. TOWELS: Towels used to clean up or potholders if left close to the flame or burner can catch fire!
Strings hanging from wrist like bracelets, long dangling sleeves can catch fire
Never leave a pan of hot oil unattended as the oil can ignite & cause a kitchen fire.
In Case the Oil ignites DO NOT spray with water, Shut the fire & Cover with a pan to smother the flames or use
an approved fire extinguisher or flour or baking soda.
If using decorative electric Menorahs inspect all wires for frayed wires or broken sockets.
Make sure your smoke & Fire Detector are in working order Check & Replace your batteries if necessary.
Supervise children at all times around lit candles, open flames, and kitchen while cooking