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Safety Precautions for Microwave Usage

While microwave use in the laboratory is considered to be relatively safe, the following safety precautions should be taken to prevent high doses of exposure to microwaves and personal injury:

  • Periodically inspect and clean door seals and hinges.
  • Use a microwave leakage detector to check for microwave leakage from the door seals on a regular basis.
  • Always handle containers with potholders or thermal mitts.
  • Never operate the microwave without a minimum volume of microwave-absorbing material inside the container.
  • Never heat food in a microwave oven used for laboratory procedures.