MilkmanDan says... I'm in complete agreement, although there are some edge-case limits. I lost an uncle (well before I was born) to one of them. Kansas winters are cold and dry. My grandmother liked to deal with both problems by putting a pot to boil on the stove. In the 50's, my father's 3-4 year old brother managed to get enough of a grip and yank on the handle of the pot to pull it over the edge and didn't survive the burns from the scalding water. Burned fingertips? Lesson learned, will heal. Boiling water or oil? Better keep it out of reach. CrushBug said: BBQs and ovens and stove tops and other hot objects are all self-solving problems for kids who like to touch things. Warn them, tell them the consequences, and then they either don't touch it (Win) or the touch it and get burnt and never touch it again (Win).