One of the basic rules of living in an earthquake zone is to avoid having loose objects that would cause great danger if they fell, right? Do you store unsheathed swords sitting loose on the top shelf, or unattended loose boxes of live rattlesnakes on the coffee table, or armed land mines sitting loose on the kitchen counter? Certainly not. Got unattended fire on the table while you are in the other room or away from home? Of course not! ...Except that many people do, even near earthquake faults, in the form of holiday or commemorative candles.
One poorly timed earthquake, and those people will have to consider themselves lucky if they just burned down their own home and not the entire city block.
Consider: candles in jack-o’-lanterns, candles in menorahs, memorial candles, etc., can change in an earthquake from fun, beauty, and devotion, to destruction and death; not just by falling themselves and starting fires, but also if some other object falls onto the candles and catches on fire.
|Catholic votive candle and Jewish|
Yahrzeit candle (M. Springer)
The purpose of this article is to get you thinking about things that you may have taken for granted your entire life, but that could cause a destructive fire in the event of an earthquake; and about strategies for avoiding that risk.