Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer fire safety advice to people celebrating Hanukkah.

Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, and is celebrated by lighting one candle on a menorah (also chanukiah or hanukkiah), an eight-stemmed candelabrum, each day.

Hanukkah is a joyous time, so please stay safe by following our safety tips below.

Menorah candle fire safety

  • No matter how beautiful your child’s or grandchild’s “arts and crafts” menorah may be, please do not use it.  These menorahs are not suitable for lighting and may burn down when used.

  • Never leave a lit menorah unattended.

  • The menorah should be made of non-flammable material only.

  • Never place the menorah near or under flammable material such as papers, curtains or books.

  • Do not walk around while holding a lit candle.

  • Put out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed

  • Keep matches and lighters away from children - out of reach.

  • Supervise any child that lights a menorah. Place their menorah close to the child so they don't have to reach over another menorah.

More about using candles safely

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives - so please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed on every floor of your home. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will immediately warn you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.

More about smoke alarms 

Hanukkah - cooking safely

  • When frying, keep children away from the stove. Some people create a “3-foot” safety zone around the stove when the latkes are frying.  Others use the further burners so children cannot reach the flames. 

  • Take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking with oil - hot oil can catch fire easily - use a thermostat controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn't get too hot

  • Don't get distracted when you are cooking - turn off or turn down the heat if you have to leave the cooking unattended

  • Keep tea towels, clothes and electrical leads away from the cooker and hob

  • Make sure saucepan handles are not sticking out from the hob or over a naked flame

  • Remember to check that the oven or hob are switched off after you have finished cooking

  • In the event of a fire involving oil, do not use water to put it out!

More kitchen fire safety tips

If clothing catches fire

In the event that clothing catches fire - remember to STOP, DROP, COVER and ROLL:

  • Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things worse.

  • Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight.

  • Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.

  • Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.

  • Get help straight away.


  • Cool the burn with running cool tap water for 20 minutes.

  • Call for help – 999, 111 or your local GP for advice.

  • Cover with cling film while transferring to a hospital/GP surgery.

How safe is your home?

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Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention and bowel cancer screening.

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Last updated: Wednesday 13 December 2017

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