Firefighters: Hanukka means house fires

December 1, 2010 20:38

Hanukka is the Festival of Lights — and a week of headaches for Israel's firefighters.

Many Jews light menoras, but sometimes too close to the drapes. Fire department spokesman Asaf Avres said the menoras children make in kindergarten often topple over, posing another fire threat.He says Hanukka is typified by a jump of 10 to 15 percent in house fires.

Firefighters released safety guidelines for the eight-day holiday, which began Wednesday.

They recommend keeping fire extinguishers or buckets of water close at hand.

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