Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue safety
guide for Hannukah
Mid & West Wales Fire and
Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to people celebrating Hanukkah.
Hanukkah or Chanukah is
the Jewish Festival of Lights and is celebrated by lighting one candle on a menorah
(also Chanukkiah or Hanukkiah), an eight-stemmed candelabrum, each day.
Hanukkah is a joyous time, so
please stay safe by following our safety tips below.
- Never leave a lit menorah unattended.
- The menorah should be made of non-flammable material only.
- Never place the menorah near or under flammable material such as
papers, curtains or books.
- If you place a menorah in
a window, make sure that the curtains or blinds are well away from the
flame and that they cannot be blow into the flame.
- Do not walk around while holding a lit candle.
- If using an oil menorah
only place the required amount of oil in each bowl for the length of time
you need them to burn for (do not fill the mall to the top each night)
- Put out candles before
you leave a room and before you go to bed
- Keep matches and lighters
away from children - out of reach.
Smoke alarms save lives - so
please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed on every
floor of your home. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will immediately warn
you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.
When frying, keep children away from the stove.
Some people create a “3-foot” safety zone around the stove when the latkes are
frying. Others use the further burners, so children cannot reach the
Take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking
with oil - hot oil can catch fire easily - use a thermostat
controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn't get too hot
Don't get distracted when you are cooking - turn
off or turn down the heat if you have to leave the cooking unattended
Keep tea towels, clothes and electrical leads away
from the cooker and hob
Make sure saucepan handles are not sticking out
from the hob or over a naked flame
Remember to check that the oven or hob are switched
off after you have finished cooking
In the event of a fire involving oil, do not
use water to put it out! Get out, Stay out and Dial 999
In the event that clothing
catches fire - remember to STOP, DROP, COVER and ROLL:
Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things
Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out
Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.
Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames
Get help straight away.
Then, COOL, CALL and COVER:
Cool the burn with running cool tap water for 20
Call for help – 999, 111 or your local GP for advice.
Cover with cling film while transferring to a hospital/GP
If you would like a free home fire
safety check, please call us on 0800 169 1234.