Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sukkah safety guidelines

The sukkah now looks like an enchanted forest.   This  structure is built every year for  the traditional Jewish festival of Sukkot and is used for eight days.  To ensure fire safety, we request that all users of the community sukkah observe these basic and common sense fire safety guidelines:1. NEVER leave lit candles unattended.2. Use non-flammable candleholders (glass, metal, or ceramic); no plastic or wood.3. Keep a candle AT LEAST four feet away from any hanging object, plant materials, straws, paper, etc.4. Secure sleeves, hair, etc. away from flames.5. If you are lighting multiple candles be also aware of the heat they generate.6. No generators, stoves, or non-battery-operated electric lights (e.g. Christmas lights) in the sukkah.  No cooking inside the sukkah.  No smoking inside the sukkah.7. Extinguish any candles, incense, etc. before you leave.  It is recommended that you have a bucket of water or a container filled with sand.
The blessings over the sukkah: Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav b'tzivanu leishev ba-sukah. [Blessed art Thou, Sovereign of the Universe, who hath sanctified us with Thy commandments, who commanded us to dwell in the sukkah.]
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