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Religious Candle Safety and Registration
Several residence hall fires have led to the tightening of fire/safety regulations. These procedures for lighting Shabbat and holiday candles have been developed with student safety as its primary concern. Following these simple guidelines and using common sense will lead to improved fire/safety.
Please supply the requested information below and submit this form. Community Living staff may consult the Chaplaincy office to verify the legitimacy of the request.
When lighting the candle, the following must be done:
1: The candlesticks may not exceed four (4) inches in height and must be placed in a pan filled with 1/2 inch of water. The pan must be large enough to catch the candles if they fall. Preferably, candlesticks should be made of metal.
2: The candlesticks must be placed on a table or desk completely cleared of other material, away from shelves and open windows. The candles should be at least 36 inches in all directions from any clothing, papers, books, wood shelves, wall hangings, posters or curtains.
Given their responsibility for fire/safety, Community Living staff may require a meeting with you and may ask to examine your candle lighting procedures. Please cooperate fully and promptly.
You are advised that failure to follow these procedures may result in revocation of your candle lighting privileges and/or referral to the Student Conduct Process.
Questions may be addressed to the Department of Community Living, the Chaplaincy, and/or Hillel.
Brandeis Email Address
567 South Street
By clicking submit, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the above information regarding fire/safety and agree to abide by the guidelines. You also agree to meet with the Community Development Coordinator (CDC) of your area to discuss candle and fire safety before you are cleared to own and use your candles in the residence halls.
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