I'm not a fan of the electronic candles. I've never seen any that looked real.
As for safety, I'm a big believer in teaching kids how to be safe around hazards, and that is not done by removing all hazards from their lives. If as an adult you are not safe around candles, then you're probably better off not having candles!
That's what I've been thinking gayle. I received some real-looking ones as a gift and use them to create a cosy feel when my son was just born and I was prone to nodding off here and there, lol. Otherwise, I do prefer real ones.