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Hanukkah is the festival of lights and in this case, lights
equal fire. In the last decade, dozens of fires have broken out in homes as a
result of candles being lit unsafely. Even one candle lit unsafely can cause a
big fire. Oil fires from frying latkes and other foods are also a potential
fire and burn safety hazard during the holiday of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Safety Tips

Candle Lighting Safety Tips

Follow these Hanukkah
Safety tips
to prevent fires and keep you and your family safe:

?? Use a long tipped lighter to keep the flame away
from your fingers.

?? Understand that most "arts and crafts"
Hanukkah lamps made by children are not suitable for lighting and may burn down
when used. They should be used for decorative purposes only.

?? Place the Hanukkah lamp on a sturdy surface made
of non-flammable material such as marble, glass, or metal. You can also place
aluminum foil on top of a hard surface. Do not risk one unstable candle falling
onto a flammable surface.

?? Only place Hanukkah candles inside a menorah.

?? Set unlit candles securely in place. Only keep
the “helper” candle out to light the other candles.

?? Do not place the menorah near or under any
flammable materials like curtains or books.

?? Do not walk around while holding a lit candle.

?? Choose a safe location for your menorah: avoid
spots where something could fall on it or it could be easily knocked over.

?? Keep matches and lit objects away from small children.

?? Keep your menorah safely out of reach of pets
and small children.

?? Never leave the house with a lit menorah!

Fried Food Safety Tips

Eating oily, fried foods such as donuts, breaded chicken,
and latkes is a Hanukkah tradition. If you make these foods at home you will be
dealing with oil that can reach up to 400 degrees which can be a fire or burn
safety hazard.

Follow these Fried food
safety tips
to avoid a Hanukkah cooking accident:

?? Ensure that your fire alarms are in working
order.

?? Never leave the kitchen while frying foods; keep
a close eye on the pans or fryer.

?? Keep water away from the cooking area as even a
small splash combined with oil can create very hot steam.

?? Use vegetable, canola, corn, grape seed,
safflower, or sunflower oil as they have a high “smoke point”.

?? Do not pour huge amounts of oil in your frying
pan-it is not necessary to make a delicious latke and is a fire safety hazard.

?? Do not “overcrowd” the food in the oil.

?? Flip latkes carefully with a slotted spatula or
pancake flipper to avoid oil splashing.

?? Use metal cooking tongs to flips chicken or donuts
to keep your hands from touching the oil.

?? Keep your stove vent turned on while you are
frying foods to help keep smoke from the oil at bay.

?? Place cooked food onto a paper-towel on a plate
to soak up oil.

?? If you are keeping cooked food warm in the oven,
remove from paper towel and keep the temperature low at below 200 degrees and
be careful not to drip oil into the oven from the plate.

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Hanukkah is the festival of lights and in this case, lights
equal fire. In the last decade, dozens of fires have broken out in homes as a
result of candles being lit unsafely. Even one candle lit unsafely can cause a
big fire. Oil fires from frying latkes and other foods are also a potential
fire and burn safety hazard during the holiday of Hanukkah.

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