15 Microwave Oven Safety Tips That Will Keep Your Family Safe
While the concept of the magical kitchen appliance—microwave oven dates back to many decades, it was only in the late 90s that it found its real use and acceptability in the households in both developed and developing countries.
The appliance that is credited for not only efficiently and quickly heating the cooked food and preparing certain food items in a perfect manner, but is also known for its technology that retains the nutrients in the food—while efficiently utilizing energy.
Compact microwave ovens have revolutionized the households over the past decades.
By now, a microwave oven forms a vital and integral part of almost every household worldwide.
However, it is important for you to consider and follow certain safety tips to protect your home and prevent any untoward incidents caused due to microwave accidents or hazards.
Take a look at the 15 important microwave safety tips all moms should be aware of.
1. Turn off timer or main switch before opening door of oven:
Opening the door suddenly can result into a fuse in the safety switch. This can often lead to a blast inside the oven.
2. Regularly clean and check the door seal of the oven:
Too much usage of the oven can result into loosening of the door grip. This can further be enhanced with the heat that the oven produced while in use. So it is important to keep a close watch on the seal.
3. Keep top of the oven free for venting
Many users tend to utilize the top of the oven for storing items. However, it should neither be covered with any object or sheets to block dust. It is rather recommendable keep the top clean by wiping it with appliance cleaners when not in use. This is done to prevent the heat vents from getting blocked and allowing proper outlet.
4. Keep it away from use of children
Before buying an oven, you must identify a place in your kitchen which is away from the reach of children. This is because, despite several instructions, children are vulnerable to damages from the instant heat a microwave oven produces.
5. Avoid heating liquids beyond 2 minutes at a stretch
Except for frozen products, liquids including water should not be heated in a microwave oven for over 2 minutes in one go. This is because, liquids can easily spill over and cause a blast inside the oven the moment they are overheated.
6. In case oven catches fire, stop main supply
If by any chance, the oven catches fire, the best way to suffocate the fire is to stop the supply of power. This can immediately control the fire from spreading across.
7. Do not use air tight containers
It is important to allow the heating containers to vent out the excessive heat and pressure of the microwaves. Hence, an airtight container should never be kept inside the oven. Most containers have small hopes in their lids for easy releasing of excess heat reaching potions of the food.
8. Do not use narrow necked jars and bottles:
Containers having narrow openings can increase the pressure inside and fail to release it immediately. This high pressure comes with a risk of blast.
9. Remove plastic wraps while heating—it could get into food
Most packed food items like wraps, sandwiches and toasts come in plastic packs that stick to the food. If heated with the hugging plastic covers on, the food, in all likelihood, would get contaminated with the melted contents of the plastic.
10. Do not leave oven unattended while preparing popcorn’s
As the name suggests, popcorn has the tendency to keep popping out. In order to ensure proper taste, you need to keep top of the container open for preparing popcorn. But leaving the corns inside the oven for prolonged period can result into blasts caused by too much popping.
11. Choose the right cookware:
The markets are now full of microwave-safe cookwares and these are available at reasonable costs. To prevent breakage and damage to non-microwave plastic, steel or glass containers, these should not be used inside the oven.
12. Food covered with foils or paper should not left in for long
Canned food or packing that have aluminum covers on the disposable containers can be troublesome as they easily catch fire if super-heated.
13. If away from home for more than 2 days, unplug the oven:
The sudden voltage spikes can result into undue supply of power sometimes to the oven. If triggered in an oven the fire can destroy the entire closed house.
14. Even grown up children should not be allowed to use Ovens:
Children are after all children and even when grown up, are equally vulnerable. Despite safety instructions, they are at risk of forgetting instructions or making mistakes while using the sensitive appliance.
15. Avoid frying food inside oven
The oil used for frying certain food items comes with the risk of super heating and spilling inside the oven. Also, frying often involves large quantities that cannot be well accommodated in the limited cooking space of an oven.
An oven is strictly to be used for cooking and heating purposes. Clothes and everything else should be kept away from these.