Rule #1 of Kitchen Safety:
We do NOT, under any circumstances, put two AA batteries in the oven. In fact, the number or the type is irrelevant. We do NOT put BATTERIES in the OVEN.
Because see, if a 3 year old and an 20 mos. old conspire together to place two raw carrots on the oven rack with two AA batteries neatly between them, and then close the oven and wander off to whatever diversion is next on their very busy schedule, their mother won’t know about it until she preheats the oven for supper and begins to smell something very funny.
Needless to say, there was a last-minute stove-top supper that evening. No oven-baked casserole. (No oven-baked carrots either, they smelled delicious but since they had been so snugly tucked in with the flaking, melting, batteries, The Equuschick thought it best that they not be eaten.)
Also within ten minutes of the discovery of the batteries, a cloth diaper was flushed down the toilet.