Religion & Beliefs

Not To Be A Downer, But Is Your Chanukiah Under Safety Recall?

A friend of mine has the Crate & Barrel chanukiah that, while terribly chic, was unfortunately recalled a few years ago after a few of them burst into flames. Oops. She's "tinkered" with it, she insists, so it won't ignite … Read More

By / December 6, 2007

A friend of mine has the Crate & Barrel chanukiah that, while terribly chic, was unfortunately recalled a few years ago after a few of them burst into flames. Oops. She's "tinkered" with it, she insists, so it won't ignite when the candles burn out. I didn't push beyond that.

Anyway, if you missed the recall info, Crate & Barrel made a chanukiah in 2003 that had an acrylic base and later issued a statement saying "The acrylic base of the Hanukkah menorah can ignite if the candles are allowed to burn completely." Which, you know, we're supposed to do. So, there's that.

Crate & Barrel isn't the only one making spontaneously combusting chanukiot, either. If any of your little darlings have the M&M's chanukiot, bad news there, too. It's plastic, too, and equally, you know, eager to catch on fire. Ditto these cats and dogs-themed chanukiot, too. Sigh.

Lastly, I can't say I actually know anyone with this rig, exactly, but in the event any of you have this chanukiot manufactured by Aviv Judaica that involves something called "Chanukah Oil Candles With Jelled Extra Virgin Olive Oil" (Bleck!), do avoid a huge fire-y mess and get your return underway. Or think of something really outrageous to do to repurpose your gelatinous olive oil…? Whatevs.

Chag Sameach and a safe, recall-free holiday to all. Oy.