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Hanukka is a time for celebration, but also poses dangers of house fires and
significant weight gain.
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Beterem, the National Center for Child Safety
and Health, reminds the public that during the eight-day festival, which begins
on Wednesday evening, children under the age of nine should not be allowed to
light candles alone. The hanukkia (candelabrum) must be left supervised in a
place that children cannot reach, and on a nonflammable surface rather than on a
tablecloth that can be pulled.
A Beterem survey, conducted by
MarketWatch, of 499 adults, including 237 parents or grandparents of young
children, found that 30 percent leave the hanukkia in a place that endangers
child safety – at the edge of a table, on a tablecloth, on the floor at the
entrance to the home or other places that children can easily reach.
candles are lit, children’s long hair should be pulled back so it is not set
alight by accident; matches should be returned to a safe place; and the candles
should not be left near inflammable objects such as curtains, or near chairs or
other objects onto which children can climb.
When frying Hanukka
doughnuts, one should use the back burner, rather than having a pan with hot oil
on the front burner with a handle sticking out, which a child could
Aside from these dangers, a single fried, jam-filled doughnut
consists of 350 to 450 calories, on average, while chocolate-topped and other
fancier ones can have over 500 calories – more than a quarter of the recommended
daily caloric intake for an adult. Several small doughnuts have a relatively
larger surface area than one large one, and are therefore more fattening and
should be avoided. Eating half a regular doughnut is better than two small
Mixing whole-grain or soy flour with ordinary white flour reduces
its absorption of oil during frying. Baked doughnuts are less fattening (albeit
somewhat less tasty).
A single fried potato latke pancake has between 150
and 200 calories.