Have a happy and safe Hanukkah 2018!

Fri 30 Nov, 2018

Hanukkah the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts this Sunday (2 December 2018) and runs to Monday 10 December.

After a number of significant fires nationally caused by unattended candles last Hanukkah, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to the Jewish community this December.

Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated by lighting one additional candle on a hanukiah each day.

Joanne Cook, Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager said: “When participating in this joyful celebration, please be aware that the combined heat energy given out by all eight candles plus the service candle on a hanukiah candelabra is significant and can easily start a fire if positioned incorrectly.”

Preparing fried food is an essential part of Hanukkah or Chanukah celebrations as it symbolises the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days.

Joanne added: “When frying potato latkes or sufganiot (deep-fried doughnuts), use the back burners on the hob to keep pans of oil away from children. 

“Please remember that oil can easily ignite if it overheats so don’t become distracted or better still use a deep fat fryer.”

Hanukkah/Chanukah fire safety: 

- Only use a hanukiah that is made of a non-flammable material 

- Never place a hanukiah near or under flammable material such as papers, curtains or books.

- Supervise any child that helps to light a hanukiah. 

- Never leave lit candles unattended, putting out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed. 

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.