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Fire Risk Assessment


The largest burn center in the country reported that 30-40% of patients are from observant Jewish families1. A leading hospital in Israel reported an upward trend in burns around the Hanukah, Purim and Passover holidays2. Cooking and candles are leading causes of house fires and fire related injuries3.


Do you light weekly Sabbath or holiday candles? Yes No
On the Sabbath do you use a crock pot? Yes No
Do you use a “blech” or other Sabbath cooking techniques? Yes No
Do you light a Chanukah menorah? Yes No
Do you light a yartzeit (memorial) candle? Yes No
Do you search for “chometz”? Yes No
Do you burn the “chometz” Yes No
Do you leave your oven or stove on during holidays? Yes No
Do you attend a Log B’Omer bonfire? Yes No
Do you ever need to kosher your kitchen or utensils? Yes No

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are at risk for a fire and related injuries.



1. Schwartz, S. (1995) Fire! Jewish observance and burn prevention. Retrieved from Tzemachdovid.org on May 6, 2005 (back).

2. Hemmo-Lotem, M., Jinich-Aronowitz, C., Endy-Findling, L. et al. (2005) Child injury in Israel: emergency room visits to a children’s medical center. Scientific World Journal. 253-263 (back).

3. United States Fire Administration (2001) Topical fire research series: candle fires in residential structures. Retrieved from FEMA on May 11, 2005 (back).



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