Sabbath and Holiday Candle Safety
The Sabbath and Jewish holidays are a time of family gatherings, celebrated with special foods, songs and customs. Many holy days and observances, as well as the weekly Sabbath, are a time for traditional cooking and candle rituals. However, without safety precautions, these customary religious observances may increase the risk for fires and fire-related injuries. Celebrate your heritage safely with the following guidelines.
SABBATH AND HOLIDAY CANDLE SAFETY :
More than 33 percent of candle fires occur when candles are left unattended. Half of the people killed by candlefires in the home are younger than 20 years of age, with most of the victims between the ages of five and nine. Burns and fires burns are the leading cause of death in the home for children and young adults. Holiday time means candles, matches and fire. When burning candles, make your home safer by:
• Using sturdy candleholders, with flame-protective non-combustible (glass or metal) shades or globes.
• Placing candles at least four feet away from curtains, draperies, blinds, kitchen cabinets and bedding.
• Placing candles out of reach of small children and pets.
• Never leaving burning candles unattended.
• Securing hair and clothing, such as sleeves or aprons, from the flame when handling candles.
• Keeping candles, matches and lighters, including lit memorial containers and Chanukah menorahs, out of reach of children.
When searching for hametz, keep candles away from bedding, tablecloths, clothing or anything that can burn.
Use a flashlight for hard-to-reach places.
Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational
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