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10 Microwave Oven Safety Measures and Tips

Innovation of microwave is a boon especially for working women with a busy lifestyle and who find very little time to manage their household work. It provides a convenient cooking solution if you are aware of its working and functionalities.

The microwave generates and uses electromagnetic waves to cook food. As it converts electricity into microwave radiation it gets very essential to follow all safety measures before, after, and during cooking.

Following are some safety measures following which can make your cooking safe, effective, and trouble-free.

Safety Measures for Microwave Uses

Follow Manufacturer Operation Manual

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There are many types of microwave ovens present in the market and each one has its own functionalities and technology. Hence, the microwave oven comes with an operation manual for safer product usage. It is advisable to read the user manual completely to understand the microwave functions and accessories it comes with.

This will guide you to get complete knowledge about your microwave and its accessories and how to deal with it for safer use. Reading the user manual will not only keep you safe but also will make its operation efficient.

Before allowing any new member to operate your microwave, make sure that they are instructed well for its proper use.

Use Only Microwave Safe Cookware.

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We always hear about the microwave explosion and the maximum times it happens due to the usage of unsafe cookwares. Always use cookware that is labeled safe for microwave use. Do keep your microwave-safe cookware separately so that no one accidentally will make use of unsafe cookware.

It is advisable and best to use glass containers for microwaving fatty foods. Don’t use any metal, microwave unsafe plastic cookware for microwave cooking as this may lead to melting of metal or plastic.

Melting of metal or plastic can mix with the food, eating this food can cause serious health issues. Remove any wire twist-ties or metal handles from containers before placing them in your microwave.

Often Clean Microwave from Inside

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As microwave passes in particular wavelength before it cooks food unevenly and can leave “cold spots” of food grime. These grease and fat build-up can contaminate the food, making your cooking unhealthy.

If you allow these hard build-ups to remain unclean, later it goes on drying every time of microwave operation. These dried spots are very hard to clean hence it is advised to often clean your microwave from inside.

Safety Measures for Microwave Cooking

Be on the safer side by following safety measures while cooking your delicious dishes. Don’t reheat sealed, packed, flammable food or beverages inside the microwave. Avoid recipes with a high amount of water.

Arrange food properly and frequently stir, rotate, and rearrange the food to ensure even cooking of your food. Do remember to turn off or cancel the program timer of the microwave before opening the door of the microwave.

Use Microwave Accessories

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Popular brands microwave ovens are provided with the accessories for safer cooking. If you want to grill something then use a rotator rod for better results. Always use potholders or oven mitts to insert or remove food items from the microwave as hot steam can burn your hand. If you want to keep 2 containers, place a rack inside to make enough space to accommodate.   

Be Safe with Microwave Doors

Leaking excess microwave radiation can be a cause of concern, although these radiations are not harmful as ionizing radiations that can cause cancer. But radiation leakage from the microwave leads to a high level of heat which can cause damage to your skin or eye.

You can check your microwave leaks with various methods like using a professional microwave tester which can detect radiation leakage from your microwave. Also, check for the damage of door hinges, latch, or door seal as this can also allow microwave radiation to leak.

Be careful while using Thermometer

We have seen that many people use a food thermometer or the oven’s temperature probe to verify the food has reached a safe, minimum internal temperature. If you are using it while cooking, then make sure it is safe for use in the microwave oven. While using a food thermometer place a clean one in the thickest area of the meat or poultry.

Health Safety Measures

Although microwave provides you with an effective and highly convenient cooking method, there is certain health concern associated with microwave use.

If you have an older heart pacemaker, you should check with your doctor to see if it is a model that needs to be kept away from microwave ovens. Do avoid using a microwave when you are pregnant. Avoid heating baby food in glass jars, even with the lid off.

Most microwaves have hot spots, and if you take out and eat the food directly from the oven, a few areas of food could be superheated and could burn your mouth.

Safety Measures for Sudden Failure of Microwave

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Unhappy Young Woman Looking At Smoke Emitting Through Microwave Oven In Kitchen

The impact of any accident very much depends on how you react in those unfamiliar conditions. If you have observed any type of sparking inside your microwave oven, turn it off or unplug it immediately so that the fan stops and the fire is suffocated.

There could be several reasons for microwave failure hence don’t try to fix it by yourself. Taking it to a professional repair center is always an ideal and economical solution.

Microwave Maintenance Tips

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Male Technician Checking Microwave Using Digital Multimeter

Don’t place anything over the microwave top as during operation whole chamber gets heated which could damage the thing.

Clean it daily or at least weekly basis to avoid hard stains to build-up. Unplug your microwave oven when you are on vacation or going to be gone for extended periods. Don’t use a microwave as a storage box if it is not in use.

Don’t Do These Things To or With Your Microwave Oven

  • Do not use bottles or jars with narrow necks in your microwave.
  • Do not use containers that are not made for microwave use.
  • Do not store anything directly on top of your microwave.
  • Do not allow aluminium foil or metal to touch the inside cavity walls, ceiling, or floor of the microwave cabin.
  • Do not use recycled paper products in microwave ovens unless they are specifically approved for microwave use.
  • Do not heat water or other liquids for more than 2 minutes in your microwave oven.
  • Do not let plastic wrap touch foods during microwaving.  
  • Do not cover or block any openings around your microwave.  
  • Do not use thin plastic storage bags, brown paper or plastic grocery bags, or newspapers in your microwave.
  • Do not allow children to put their faces near the door of your microwave when it is operating.
  • Do not leave a microwave oven unattended when microwaving popcorn.
  • Do not overcook potatoes, as they can dehydrate and catch fire.
  • Do not use metal containers or cover cookware completely with aluminium foil.
  • Do not try to cook stuffed, whole poultry inside the microwave.
  • Do not attempt to try Foods in your microwave ovens.
  • Do not cook puddings in your microwave that contain alcohol, as they may catch fire.
  • Do not operate your microwave if it has a damaged cord or plug.
  • Do not use your microwave to have a cleaning or sterilize jars.
  • Don’t try to dry or disinfect clothing or other things in the microwave, as this can create a risk of fire.
  • Do not try to operate your microwave when it is empty.
  • Do not try to repair your microwave yourself even problems seem to be small.

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