Fire Prevention: Focus on Incense

In 2019, two parishes experienced fire-related losses caused by the improper disposal of incense. Please take a moment to review the incense safety tips below.

  • Before lighting coals, make sure the fire extinguisher is within easy reach and that everyone in sacristy knows its location.
  • Dispose of matches and used coals in a water-filled metal bucket –never place in a trash bin.
  • Light the thurible only in the sacristy.
  • The thurible will be hot. Use tongs to handle the coals and never touch the thurible or cover it with your hands.
  • Never leave lit coals unattended.
  • To clean the thurible, scrape any incense/coals still adhering to the pot into the bucket.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Risk Management at 617-746-5740.

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