Sabbath & Holiday Candle Safety

More than 33 percent of candle fires occur when candles are left unattended.

More than 33 percent of candle fires occur when candles are left unattended.

Half of the people killed by candle fires 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.

One way to be safe is to consider using battery-operated, flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

If you do burn candles during your Sabbath and other holiday celebrations, keep your home safer by:

  • Using sturdy candle holders, 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.
  • Extinguishing candles when they burn within two inches of the holder.
  • 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.