Kids+Fire=Hazard?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Fire
    Yes : (11 votes)
    34 %
    No : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Supervision : (17 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5932 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    @jaijaig88:  …as long as you’ve invited the kid’s parents to watch them, I don’t see why not…after all, you’re never too young to learn how to not catch on fire!

    Post # 4
    Member
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Not clear if the Yes/no was to have the fire or that the fire was a hazard.

    Supervise the kids under 10….the rest should be able to walk around withough catching themselves on fire.

    Post # 5
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    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m pregnant and just finished the child safety course and I am shocked by how quickly kids can get into things, especially in a social situation where there are multiple adults present. Everyone assumes someone is watching them and in reality, no one is watching them. As such, yes, I think the fire is a hazard and you can’t assume all the parents are going to watch their kids like hawks. We had a fire pit at our wedding and the venue staff were quick to say that they prefer and recommend kidfree weddings at their venue.

    In addition, if a child did somehow get injured, regardless of whether the parents were paying attention or not, you and the venue could be held liable.

    Post # 9
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    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @jaijaig88:  That’s one option I suppose but 1) how sturdy are they and 2) can they be climbed? Most fire pits I’ve seen can’t really be screened too well, unless you meant to section off the entire firepit, much like a fence around a pool.

    Plus, the screens will still be hot to the touch.

    Post # 10
    Member
    6888 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Absolutely would not have this with little ones around. 

    Post # 11
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    1193 posts
    Bumble bee

    I wouldn’t. Very young children don’t understand the danger, and inexplicably, slightly older children are drawn to fire. Notice how they always like to throw things in it and start sticks on fire, etc? This would worry me a lot – especially if the parents are trying to enjoy themselves. Even more so if there is alcohol involved.

    Post # 12
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    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Nona99:  “…after all, you’re never too young to learn how to not catch on fire!

    I would definitely have the fire, making sure parents are aware ahead of time and using proper precautions. I was around bonefires all the time as a child, with my parents or other family members watching me, without any problems.

    Post # 13
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    In my family it would definitely not be safe. There is a group of my cousins who always inadequately watch their children. A few years ago one of the kids almost managed to set my parent’s living room on fire while in the circle of at least 10 adults which included both her parents and her grandmother. Ribbons, candles, and children do not mix, I imagine a fireplace and children would be worse.

    Post # 16
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would hire a babysitter to watch the fire/the kids near the fire, or have it late enough that the very little ones have left.

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