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02/12/2018 00:00

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.

Menorah candle fire safety

  • 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

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.

Hanukkah - cooking safely

·         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 flames. 

·         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


If clothing catches fire

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 worse.

·         Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight.

·         Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.

·         Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.

·         Get help straight away.


·         Cool the burn with running cool tap water for 20 minutes.

·         Call for help – 999, 111 or your local GP for advice.

·         Cover with cling film while transferring to a hospital/GP surgery.


If you would like a free home fire safety check, please call us on 0800 169 1234.