How to Practice Microwave Safety

Microwave ovens are an essential part of modern life. It is important to know how to use them safely.

You will need

  • An operatoru2019s manual
  • Microwave-safe containers

Step 1 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions Follow the manufacturer’s instruction manual for operating procedures and safety precautions for your oven model.

Step 2 Use the microwave oven appropriately Use the microwave only for defrosting, heating, and cooking food. Other uses may lead to a fire.

Step 3 Use microwave-safe containers Use microwave-safe containers including heat-safe glass, glass-ceramic, china, pottery without metal, and plastic containers labeled “Microwave-safe.” Use paper for short heating periods.

Step 4 Avoid containers with metal Never use metal, including pottery or glass with metallic glaze, in the oven.

Step 5 Do not overheat liquids Do not overheat liquids such as water, coffee or tea in the oven. They may boil over after you remove them.

Step 6 Exercise caution with baby foods Heat baby food in a dish, not in the jar. When heating a bottle, remove the nipple to avoid trapping steam. After heating, shake the bottle to achieve a uniform temperature.