In Lag Ba’Omer it is imperative to beware of fire like the plague, to assign a responsible adult to watch over the children to and encircle the bonfire by a safety border
Every year in Lag Ba’Omer, many children end up in the hospitals’ emergency rooms as a result of injuries in accidents. Based on the number of visits to the emergency rooms in the last 10 years, there has been a rise in the number of children’s visits to the emergency room due to burns sustained during Lag Ba’Omer.
- Health Minister Ya’akov Litzman: “The Lag Ba’Omer fires can be hazardous to the environment and to public health. We must follow diligently the safety and environmental procedures, in order to avoid unnecessary and dangerous injuries and to reduce air pollution which causes serious morbidity. As responsible parents, we must be especially alert so as not to expose ourselves and our children to the dangers of smoke inhalation, burning, as well as environmental and health damages.
The Ministry of health reissues safety rules for the campfire:
- As a rule: a responsible adult is assigned to accompany the process of constructing the bonfire, starting with the wood logs gathering stage up until the conclusion of the event.
- The gathered wood logs should have no nails or other protruding objects that can cause cuts or injuries.
- The bonfire should be located in an area free from thorns and vegetation, and far enough from buildings and facilities.
- No fire should be set underneath electrical and telephone lines, in proximity to trees or to fuel tanks.
- Make sure that there is an adequate safety distance from the next bonfire.
- The bonfire should be encircled by a stone safety border that delineates the line that one does not cross.
- Wear hiking shoes, long pants and a proper shirt to protect the body from sparks and embers, as well as from stings of reptiles and insects that are drawn to the fire.
- You should have a cellphone at hand, from which to call the firefighters or an ambulance, should the need arise.
- Have ready a first aid kit.
- There should be two pails full of water in case a fire starts spreading.
- Do not leave children unattended even for one minute – one minute can be a long time.
- Keep any flammable material away from the fire; it is absolutely forbidden to place fuel and/or gas containers next to the fire.
- All types of children’s activities should take place beside the fire and not around it.
- It is recommended to skewer the potatoes and onions on a metal wire. Putting them inside the fire and taking them out should be carried out by an adult. Before serving them to the kids, make sure they are not too hot to eat. Hot potatoes and onions can cause severe mouth burns.
- At the end of the campfire: make sure the fire is completely extinguished by pouring on it sand or water.
- In case of fire you should try to put it out immediately and at the same time call the fire station at 102.