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to have tealights burning in reach of my toddler?

(132 Posts)
BayLeaves Sat 01-Oct-16 11:53:11

He is 2.5 and I have told him not to touch them. They are on the coffee table which is not in the middle of the room so they can't be knocked over by accident (although they could be knocked over ^on purpose^).

He has come to look at them and I've told them it could burn him or set his clothes on fire, he seems to understand and is leaving them alone.

(The reason I want them on is because it helps make the room nice and warm. )

I'm sure this is really terrible and dangerous through hence the AIBU?!

Marmalade85 Sat 01-Oct-16 11:53:46

Extremely dangerous. Are they covered?

SnookieSnooks Sat 01-Oct-16 11:55:40

Is this for real?

hazeyjane Sat 01-Oct-16 11:55:41

It is too risky.

If you had an open fire or wood burner, I assume you would have a fire guard to prevent accidents.

A naked flame and a toddler is not a good combo.

TallulahTheTiger Sat 01-Oct-16 11:56:02

Extremely dangerous. Is the warmth the main factor for them?

gettingitwrongputingitright Sat 01-Oct-16 11:56:58

Wow thats really dangerous. Personally I dont have candles burning with little ones about. My youngest is nearly 4. I would have candles on with 7 year old if okder sib or adult in room at all times.

Starlight234 Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:00

yes beacuse a 2 year old doesn't really understand burning himself will hurt, a 2 year old does not have impulse control.

harderandharder2breathe Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:02

Yabu

A two year old shouldn't be near naked flames.

Wolfiefan Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:08

Candles won't warm up your house.
If you are prepared to sit and watch your child then fine. But what about if you pop to the toilet or go and get a drink?
Don't be daft.

Artandco Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:43

I wouldn't have tealights, but we have always had large pillar candles inside large glass hurricane vases. They can't be brushed by or knocked into

ageingrunner Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:47

It is rather dangerous, yes. Obviously!

MoggyP Sat 01-Oct-16 11:57:52

Yeah right.

Of course it's fine to leave toddlers with naked flames within reach.

I mean, how could anyone possibly be confused about it? Just like it's fine to leave them with sharp knives, household chemicals and dogs.

gettingitwrongputingitright Sat 01-Oct-16 11:58:08

Get a heater for warmth.

AnyFucker Sat 01-Oct-16 11:58:20

Yeah, right. Whaddeva.

Chinks123 Sat 01-Oct-16 11:58:38

Much too dangerous. DD is 3 and knows the iron is very hot and not to touch. I still would never leave it anywhere near her, curiosity usually gets the better of them even if they know it's wrong.

NoTractorsAtTheTable Sat 01-Oct-16 11:58:49

Naked flames and toddlers don't mix. It's just not worth it.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sat 01-Oct-16 11:58:54

Your house will be lovely and warm when it is on fire with you and your child inside.
Beyond stupid imo.

WatchingFromTheWings Sat 01-Oct-16 11:59:58

Extremely dangerous. My youngest is 5 and I still put candles up out of his way.

Deux Sat 01-Oct-16 12:00:28

Don't be so silly.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 01-Oct-16 12:00:29

be lovely and toasty when he decides to lean over them and set himself alight

ffs woman catch yourself on.

EveOnline2016 Sat 01-Oct-16 12:00:45

Are you for fucking real.

JellyBelli Sat 01-Oct-16 12:00:54

He has no idea what you are talking about, and no understanding of the risk confused

AGruffaloCrumble Sat 01-Oct-16 12:01:41

This must be a reverse.

Youarenotprepared Sat 01-Oct-16 12:01:57

Your house will be lovely and warm when it is on fire with you and your child inside.

This. If you are light enough tealights for it to make any difference to the temperature then you are in an incredibly dangerous situation. Toddlers have no impulse control and are naturally boisterous.

Could you ever forgive yourself if they got burnt? I would say the probability is high.

honeysucklejasmine Sat 01-Oct-16 12:02:02

Warmth from a tealight?

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