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Reduce Fire Risk When Lighting Hanukkah Menorahs

One Simple Step Can Protect Lives and Property

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If you celebrate Hanukkah, play it safe when it comes to lighting your apartment menorah. Each night, place a nonflammable surface such as aluminum foil sheets underneath your menorah before you begin.

Even if the candles of your menorah feel secure in their holders, you don't want to risk that a lit one will fall and roll onto a flammable surface, sparking a large fire that can claim lives and cause significant property damage. Short of a fire, you also don't want your furniture's surfaces getting stained by hot wax that may drip from candles as they burn.

Hanukkah celebrants who don't take this precaution create a serious fire risk in their home, sometimes leading to disastrous results.

For example, a single candle in a menorah at a rabbi's house in Chester, New York led to a devastating fire in 2008 that consumed the house, according to Vos Iz Neias.

Take a moment to follow this tip before each Hanukkah candlelighting in your apartment, and you'll enjoy a happy and safe holiday.

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