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How safe is your microwave?

You will find a microwave oven in most homes, convenience stores and offices. They are renown for quickly warming up that cup of cold coffee or leftovers from last night’s dinner.

You will find as many people in favor of them as opposed.

It’s true that microwaves use a form of electromagnetic radiation to heat. That is not the same as making the food radioactive. If you have a cell phone and use it regularly holding it against your head, then you are using the same type of electromagnetic radiation found in microwave ovens.

Even if you choose not to use a microwave, the invisible electromagnetic radiation surrounds you. Look up, find a tower or cell phone antenna and you will find emissions in your personal space.

Going back to the microwave in your home or office. Used in moderation and with common sense they can be a handy convenience. With any appliance there are safety suggestions, microwaves are no different. Follow these tips and you can live in harmony with the occasionally microwave use.

Here are some things to consider:

  • All microwave doors leak radiation, so ensure the seals are in good order and don’t stand in front of them while they are in use.
  • Microwaves emit a high magnetic field, once again stand back, but make sure you know what’s on the other side of the wall the microwave shares with the next room. In the office that space should not be occupied by a living being and if it’s in a home, once again no living being should be on the other side of the wall.
  • If you see arching or hear a loud noise while the oven is in operation, unplug it and replace it.
  • Microwave ovens should not be operated without food or beverage inside the oven.
  • Water and other liquids will heat quickly in a microwave, so be careful when removing them from the oven or if appropriate, dropping in that tea bag, water can boil over causing injury.


There is so much that is unknown about the long-term effects of microwave radiation on humans, animals, food and the environment. Use common sense, test the seal around your microwave door with an approved detector and stand back when it’s in use.

Ten feet is a good distance to maintain between you and your microwave when it’s in use. Keep the door closed while in use and use it in moderation. Enjoy.
 

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