Are You Sure You Are Using Your Microwave Oven Safely?

The microwave oven has now become a common, yet essential part of our kitchens. Ever wondered if you are using microwave oven safely? Worry not, we have a complete safety guide to get you started. Read on to learn more about how to best use your microwave oven.

How Does a Microwave Oven Work?

Microwave ovens use electromagnetic waves to spin water molecules within the food that leads to food being heat up. This way, only the food gets heated up and not the microwave oven. Thus, foods with more water content get heated up more quickly compared to that with less water content.

How to Use Your Microwave Oven Safely?

Here are a few tips on how to use your microwave oven safely:

  • If the food you are heating is covered, make sure to leave some space for the ventilation. This way steam will not build up and burn when the food is uncovered.
  • It is always recommended to use oven gloves when removing dish from the microwave oven to avoid burning your hands.
  • Let your food sit outside the oven as recommended to let the heat spread throughout the food evenly (also called the standing time).
  • Avoid using metal containers since it can cause sparks and fire inside the oven.
  • Make sure to use glass and plastic containers that are specifically labeled “microwave safe”.
  • Do not operate the microwave while it is empty.
  • Avoid looking into the microwave directly when it is operating.