PHOTO: Chanukah Menorah cups melt after wicks added to prefilled cups

20161228_050904A Lakewood resident wants to remind the community of the dangers of leaving Menorah lights unattended.

Last night, the homeowner says, a child added wicks into the prefilled cups, resulting in the cups catching fire and melting.

Luckily, the homeowner caught it in time and was able to douse the flames before they spread.


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  1. 1. Chanuka lecht can never be left unsupervised. Regardless of the light material or container.
    2. The wicks should not be touching the rim! The wicks should be placed in a metal holder tube that centers them and keeps the wick upright and burning neatly.

  2. I don’t understand. The article says that they were prefilled cups. Those are supposed to be one time use. Why was anyone adding wicks to them . They are not designed to be used twice. It’s no wonder that they go up in flames.
    In addition, I understand the concern with leaving menorahs unattended, however when using them in the correct fashion , we might not have so many issues to begin with.
    Ah freilichen Chanukah!

  3. I have used these one time in the past and returned them after the first night of Hanuka when the Shammas and 1st candle cups caught fire and melted. The1st cnadle also melted part of the second cup and almost lit the wick. I actually thought they were glass… the part that says they were plastic and “flameproof” was in a amall oval near the stop. The store refunded my money without any question. I was surprised because I thought for sure there was going to be a problem. I immediately bought the pre-filled glass ones as usual. DO NOT BUY THESE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. You can attend to them the whole time and they will still melt and catch fire. They should be banned and recalled. Write to the FTC and file a complaint if you have an issue. That’s what I did.

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