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Orangetown Police Urge Fire Safety During Hanukkah

The Orangetown Police Department is offering tips for a safe Hanukkah.
The Orangetown Police Department is offering tips for a safe Hanukkah. Photo Credit: SVKilim

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- The Orangetown Police Department is offering tips for a safe Hanukkah.

Menorah safety guidelines:

  • Many "arts and crafts" Hanukkah lamps, made by children are not suitable for lighting.
  • Place the lamp on a sturdy surface made of nonflammable material such as marble, glass or metal.
  • Place the Hanukkah candles only inside the Hanukkah lamp or candlesticks made of nonflammable material.
  • Do not place the Hanukkah lamp near or under any flammable material such as curtains or books.
  • Do not place the Hanukkah lamp in a location where it can be knocked over - either by a passing person or the wind, or where something can fall on it.
  • Keep matches and lit objects away from children.
  • Make sure your pet cannot reach the Hanukkah lamp.
  • Never leave a lit Hanukkah lamp unattended.

Safety guidelines for frying holiday foods:

  • When frying, it is important to keep children away from the stove and other cooking elements. Try to use the further burners so children cannot reach the flames.
  • In the event of a large grease flame or grease fire, do not use water to put it out! Smother the flames with damp towels.

In the event of a burn, follow these steps:

  • Move the injured person away from the flames and heat source.
  • If someone's clothing catches fire, role him on the ground and smother the flames with a blanket or towel.
  • Call an ambulance immediately.
  • Do not pull off clothing that has stuck to injured skin; cut the clothing around the injured area instead.
  • Pour tepid water on the injury for at least five minutes. Do not use cold water, ice or creams.

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