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howmanybiscuits Sat 23-Mar-19 18:37:59

If you were in the middle of cooking dinner and got called away unexpectedly, so you would be out of the house for about 10-15 minutes what would you do in this situation?

10 yr old DS is absorbed with the computer in the front room.
Potatoes are cooking on the hob.

Which of the following are OK (if either)?

1. Turn hob off, leave DS on computer.

2. Leave hob on low, leave DS on computer, tell him don't go near hob

(Difference of opinion here!)

Wanderlustnearorfar Sat 23-Mar-19 18:40:08

Turn the hob off and take ds with me

MightyAtlantic Sat 23-Mar-19 18:40:35

I would go for option 1, just to be on the safe side.

IVEgottheDECAF Sat 23-Mar-19 18:40:43

Turn it off

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Sat 23-Mar-19 18:40:53

First option - wouldn't take the risk of the hob unattended - unless its electric not gas

CarlGrimesMissingEye Sat 23-Mar-19 18:43:01

I'd set the timer on my job as it's induction and will turn itself off if necessary

purplecorkheart Sat 23-Mar-19 18:43:27

Turn it off.

humblesims Sat 23-Mar-19 18:43:59

turn hob off and take kid with me.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Sat 23-Mar-19 18:44:11

I have left the hob on low, when I've realised I've run out of something and need to pop to the shop at the end of the road (3 minute walk) but wouldn't leave a child in the house. I'd either leave the hob on and take the child or leave the child (at the age of your DS) and turn the hob off

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 23-Mar-19 18:44:15

Hob off. Take DS with me. But that’s based on my DS.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 23-Mar-19 18:44:22

Turn it off.

howmanybiscuits Sat 23-Mar-19 18:44:57

Sorry I should have said, it's a gas hob.

HJE17 Sat 23-Mar-19 18:45:07

At 10 years old, could you not set an alarm reminder for DS to turn off the hob when the potatoes are done? I was definitely expected to help out with the cooking at that age. Obviously if he’s never done it before, then this particular situation isn’t the best time to teach him, I guess I’m just surprised it’s an issue!

Expressedways Sat 23-Mar-19 18:45:47

Turn it off and put the lid on the pan, they’ll continue to cook slowly in the water and you can whack it up again when you get back.
Leave the 10YO as he is.

QuestionableMouse Sat 23-Mar-19 18:47:05

Hob off. Never leave pans unattended in case they boil over/boil dry.

Depends on the child if they go with you or not.

mumeeee Sat 23-Mar-19 18:50:50

Turn.the.hob off

mirime Sat 23-Mar-19 18:50:50

DS is only five, but thinking of myself at 10, I'd have been fine with option 2, if it were an electric hob. Wouldn't have been a computer game back then, but if I was absorbed in a book I wouldn't have moved or got up to any mischief and wouldn't have touched the cooker without specific instructions, ie turn the hob off when the timer goes.

PookieDo Sat 23-Mar-19 18:51:05

I would leave an oven on low but not a hob personally

DeathMetalMum Sat 23-Mar-19 18:51:08

Hob off but leave ds.

We have an electric hob and I will turn the hob off and leave the pan on the hob sometimes. Sometimes I'll move it off completely just depends on the reason I'm leaving it.

Chouetted Sat 23-Mar-19 18:51:42

Hob off. Or get your DS to watch them - I was quite capable with the gas cooker at that age, I had to light the grill with one of those lighter things every time I made toast!

TheInvestigator Sat 23-Mar-19 18:52:03

I wouldnt leave the hob on if I was actually leaving the house. And I wouldn't leave a child unattended.

10 year olds know how to cook but should have supervision so I wouldn't leave them alone with it.

AssassinatedBeauty Sat 23-Mar-19 18:53:17

Turn the hub off and take DS with me.

AssassinatedBeauty Sat 23-Mar-19 18:53:27


WhenISnappedAndFarted Sat 23-Mar-19 18:53:57

I'd turn it off.

Gazelda Sat 23-Mar-19 18:55:03

No way would I leave a 10yo home alone with the gas hob on.

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