[Sca-cooks] Child safing

Ron Carnegie r.carnegie at verizon.net
Sun Aug 17 07:46:58 PDT 2008

You don't actually see it much in the 18th and 19th century either.  That is one of those historic myths.  

Ranald de Balinhard who works in the 18th century

>From: Bronwynmgn at aol.com
>Date: 2008/08/17 Sun AM 10:44:43 EDT
>To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
>Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Child safing

>In a message dated 8/16/2008 6:06:38 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
>adamantius1 at verizon.net writes:
><<While I'm sure  
>people burn themselves and even catch  fire over their stoves today,  
>sometimes even burning the house down,  but I don't think we see quite  
>as many coroner's reports stating that  the cause of death was "falling  
>into the fire" as we used to in the  18th and 19th centuries, and  
>Considering how few people have functional fireplaces in their homes today,  
>and how comparatively rarely those are used compared with historic times, it  
>should hardly be surprising that we see far fewer reports of "death by falling 
> in the fire".  The opportunity to do so simply doesn't exist as frequently  
>as it used to.
>Having had to guard an inebriated guest in our camp from falling into our  
>firepit at Pennsic this year, I was quite afraid that we might end up with a  
>perfectly period incident of the sort...An awful lot of the period reports  
>mention that either the person who died or, in the case of a child, the person  
>minding them, was drunk at the time of the incident.  Not to imply that all  of 
>them were, of course.
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