She Nearly Burned Down the House so Now Her Sister Installed Childproof Locks on The Oven and She’s Furious

A young woman turned to Reddit to seek advice on whether she was justified in installing childproof locks on her oven to prevent her step-sister from potentially causing a fire. Here is what she had to say.

The stepsisters lived together

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The 19-year-old woman lived with her 20-year-old stepsister, Nicole, in a small two-bedroom apartment while attending the same college. 

The young woman’s father had married Nicole’s mother 11 years earlier, and although the stepsisters hadn’t always gotten along, they considered each other sisters.

Nicole didn’t cook when she lived with her parents

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Two months earlier, the pair had grown tired of dorm life and decided to move in together. 

“Back at home, Nicole never cooked for herself (not beyond microwave meals, anyway), and now that we’re both supposed to be living independently, she’s started cooking,” she said.

Nicole left the oven on

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The problem was that Nicole often forgot to turn off the stove and oven when she finished using them. 

“At one point, this nearly caused a full-blown house fire when she forgot about the stove whilst a paper plate of hers had been left on top of it,” the woman said.

The woman tried to remind Nicole to turn the oven off

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The woman tried gently reminding her stepsister and left sticky notes around the kitchen, but Nicole didn’t pay attention. Instead, Nicole got annoyed and accused the woman of treating her like a child.

The woman apologized but insisted that Nicole remember to turn the oven off.

Nicole nearly caused another fire

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Despite the woman’s efforts to remind Nicole, another near-miss house fire occurred. 

“She didn’t hear the smoke detector because she was blasting music on her AirPods. Luckily I noticed it and was able to put it out,” she said.

She confronts Nicole

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The woman confronted Nicole, who became angry and defensive. Nicole told the woman she was overreacting and refused to listen to suggestions, continually talking over the woman.

The woman bought childproof locks for the oven

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Concerned for their safety, the woman became anxious about leaving Nicole alone in the house, so she bought plastic child locks for the stove and oven knobs, knowing that Nicole couldn’t open childproof locks. 

This would prevent Nicole from using the stove or oven when the woman wasn’t home. 

“Me and Nicole have similar class schedules, so this shouldn’t inconvenience her too much,” she said.

Nicole got angry

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However, when Nicole noticed the locks, she became enraged and accused the woman of being a control freak and bullying. 

The stepsisters argued

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“I yelled back at her and told her I wouldn’t be doing it if she could act like a responsible adult,” she said.

Nicole argued that the woman had no right to control when she could cook.

Nicole then left for a friend’s place and blocked the woman’s phone number. 

The parents got involved

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Their parents were concerned after receiving messages from Nicole, so they urged the woman to convince her stepsister to return. 

Did she do the right thing?

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Unsure if she had crossed a line by installing childproof locks, the woman asked the internet for advice. 

People Responded

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One person replied, “She’s 20 years old, and childproofing the oven works? I’m freaking dying! Left unchecked, your stepsis is fixing to burn the place down and doesn’t seem to be bothered by that fact. Not cool at all.”

Someone else said, “If she wants to be treated like a normal adult who’s free to cook whenever she wants, then she needs to do it without nearly killing everyone in the house and burning it down.”

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