We didn't have much choice on the location of ours. Where it's at is where it was when we moved in. It's in a corner, but there's not much to keep the kid from getting to it. Starting when she was crawling, we made sure to tell her "no" everytime she got close to it. It helps that there's a step up from the floor to the stone surround, it serves as a barrier of sorts. Now that she's walking (and has been for a while), we have to watch a little more closely, but she definately knows not to go near it. I don't think she understands why though. I think I worried about it more when she was crawling than I do now. One of these days, she'll be helping me cut wood.