Hanukkah menorah 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The joy of Hanukka, the Jewish festival of lights which will begin on Wednesday
night, is sometimes disrupted by skin burns and home fires caused by careless
use of candles.
Prof. Yehezkel Wissman, head of the urgent medicine unit
at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva, reminds parents to be
careful throughout the eight-day holiday.
The use of candles and hot oil
for frying poses danger during Hanukka, he says. Children under the age of nine
need the help of adults when they light candles. Make sure their hair and
clothing cannot be set alight during the candle lighting, he advises. Place the
candelabrum on an inflammable tray to prevent a tablecloth or table from
burning. Do not use a tablecloth that can be pulled down by young
Keep the candles far away from curtains and never leave them
Keep matches out of the reach of
Children should not be allowed to fry Hanukka donuts on their
own. Keep them away from the burners when frying.
In the event of a burn
from fire or hot oil, wash the area for several minutes with running water,
place a sterile bandage or clean wet cloth on it and go for a doctor’s
examination. If necessary, give a painkiller at the proper dosage, Wissman says.