BE MICROWAVE SAFE
FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO AVOID SCALDS, BURNS AND FIRES WHEN USING A MICROWAVE
While microwave ovens offer quick, convenient cooking, they also can be dangerous if they aren't used carefully
90% of American homes with microwaves
7,100 microwave-related home fires 2007-2011 (1)
$31 million annual average in property damage from microwave fires (2)
From 1990-2010 an average of 21 people per day were treated in emergency rooms for microwave-related injuries (3)
Spills were the most common cause of injury (4)
The most common injuries were burns to the fingers and hands (5)
Kids were more likely than adults to burn their face, head or neck (6)
Erupted hot water phenomena
This occurs when water heated beyond 212 degrees in a clean cup or bowl shows no signs of boiling, but explodes if disturbed. Reduce the risk by:
Use dishes with sloped sides
Stir in sugar or soup mixed before microwaving
Leave a microwavable spoon in liquids while heating to break up the surface tension
Fire and ice
To eliminate hot spots:
Rotate the dish one-quarter to one-half midway through cooking
Stir foods before eating
Hot, hot, hot!
The steam inside microwaved containers and popcorn bags can exceed 180 degrees. Use caution when cooking and handling these items.
Use vented containers
Let containers cool 1-2 minutes before opening
Open containers away from your face
Use oven mitts or potholders
Dishing on microwavable cookware
Aren't sure if your dishes are microwave-safe? Find out in 4 steps:
- Fill a measuring cup with one cup of water
- Place it in the microwave along with the dish
- Microwave one minute on high
- If the dish feels warm, it isn't microwave-safe
Put a fork in it.
Pierce foods in pouches or foods with tight skins or membranes to allow steam to escape.
Hot dogs, egg yolks, squash and potatoes
Never microwave an egg in its shell!
Minimize splashes and spills
Microwaves should be within easy reach for all users. Your face should be higher than the microwave door.
It starts with a spark.
Some materials can spark, which could lead to fire. These include:
Aluminum foil (cover foods with waxed or parchment paper instead)
Metal twist ties
China with metallic paint
Signs it's time to replace your microwave:
Bend, damaged or non-closing doors
Damaged hinges, latch or door seals
Long cooking times
Buzzing or loud noises
Burning odors while running
Unit is more than 10 years old
Find out more tips from State Farm for avoiding kitchen fires.
2-6 American Journal of Emergency Medicine; 'Microwave oven-related injuries treated in hospital ERs in the United States, 1990-2010
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